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Higher Education Reform Network (HERN)

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-50011


Across the world, higher education institutions are being encouraged to widen participation in learning and increase access for up to half the workforce in a system that is fully accountable. As the Berlin Communiqué and the developing UNESCO/OECD guidelines on quality provision in cross-border higher education show, the principal element of any change strategy for European-level higher education is to enhance the portability of credit and qualifications.
The project's principal conclusion and recommendation concerns the need to create a European higher education quality and accreditation body, building on the foundations laid by the Bologna process and the recommendations in the Berlin Communiqué. To facilitate the development of such a body, there is a need specifically to review and compare existing research; to develop a comprehensive and objective set of European quality indicators based on existing, relevant and robust methodologies and to take positive action to redress the wide variations in the equality of opportunity in and between national higher education systems with particular respect to Disability, Gender and Citizenship.

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