Guidance and implementation
The Bologna Service Point at the OeAD
- coordinates the national experts for the European higher education area
- supports the Bologna coordinators at the Austrian higher education institutions
- dedicates itself to the continuing implementation of the Bologna goals and the European higher education area in the Austrian higher education landscape
- understands itself as a cross-sectional and independent guidance and information centre for the whole Austrian higher education sector
- provides a discussion platform for cross-sectoral dialogue and exchange
- sees itself as a practical point of contact for questions, concerns and suggestions regarding Bologna and the European higher education area
- has acted as coordinator of the Erasmus+ key initiative 3 “Policy Support to the National Higher Education Authority” since 2014 on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).
A central concern of the Bologna Service Point is to work on a common understanding of the Bologna goals and to strengthen Austria as a location for studying on the whole in this way.
1. Providing support in national and European networking activities
2. Organisation and chairing of meetings: conception, organisation of workshops, seminars and experts’ workshops; preparation and post-processing of meetings
3. Media and research monitoring, e.g. regular monitoring of media coverage in Austria and in the neighbouring countries; regular monitoring of the results of important research institutes and Bologna-relevant institutions; monitoring of the social media landscape
4. Guidance and preparation of information, e.g. low-threshold guidance for interested people and “Bologna beginners” at higher education institutions; preparation of information about the current and expected development of the European higher education area; networking
The Bologna Service Point collaborates closely with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)’s Bologna Contact Point as well as with the national experts for the European higher education area (former Bologna experts).
Moreover, it is a member of the Austrian Bologna follow-up group (BOFUG) as well as the European BFUG WG Implementation. This one will deal with e.g. the following three key commitments for the 48 members of the European higher education area until the ministerial conference in Paris 2018:
1. A three-cycle system compatible with the QF-EHEA and scaled by ECTS
2. Compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC)
3. Quality assurance in conformity with European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).
An explanation of the work programme and the European main stakeholders for the design of the Bologna communiqués is available on the official website of the European higher education area.
The Bologna coordinators at the Austrian higher education institutions
are nominated by their higher education institution administrations via the Bologna Service Point. They act as an internal information hub at the relevant institution for current topics related to the Bologna Process.
The coordinators dedicate themselves to the Bologna Process as an integrative and thematically comprehensive reform package. This package includes e.g. questions regarding the design of university studies, mobility, recognition and quality assurance. The curriculum development dimension can be the connecting component in this respect.
National experts for the European higher education area
The European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the National Agency Erasmus+ support the Bologna Process in Austria by means of a whole series of activities. A team of eight national experts for the European higher education area will be available for all higher education institutions until June 2018 for strategic and practical guidance for the implementation of the Bologna goals.