EUA webinar series – Toward Tirana 2024, the Bologna Process and developments in the EHEA (12.12.2023-11.06.2024, online)

The National Erasmus+ Office – Ukraine team participated in the EUA series of webinars “Toward Tirana 2024, the Bologna Process and Developments in the EHEA”, which took place from December 2023 to June 2024. The webinar series covered a wide range of topics relevant to higher education institutions and stakeholders across Europe. Below is a summary of each webinar in the series:

Svitlana SHYTIKOVA, coordinator of the National Erasmus+ office – Ukraine, joined the webinar chat and drew attention to the significant impact of Erasmus+ projects on the development of higher education in Ukraine. In addition, information on the state of higher education, the development of the higher education system, recognition mechanisms, etc. was disseminated to international partners.

Recent Developments of Education System of Ukraine and Legislation overview 2023

Measuring and Enhancing Student Mobilities

Date: 12 December 2023, 14:00-15:00 CET

The first webinar provided an introduction to student mobility within the context of the Bologna Process. It highlighted the historical and evolving role of mobility, discussing diverse forms such as physical exchanges, virtual and hybrid modes, and short-term to full degree mobilities. The session explored why the traditional mobility benchmark may need updating and considered whether virtual mobility represents a true mobile experience.


  • Howard Davies, Senior Adviser, Higher Education Policy, EUA
  • Tanguy Guibert, Vice President, European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • Piet van Hove, Director, International Relations Office, University of Antwerp; President, European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • Maija Innola, Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland; Member of the BFUG; Member, Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE), Council of Europe
  • Moderator: Gohar Hovhannisyan, Project and Policy Officer for Higher Education Policy at EUA

Unpacking Recognition: From the Basics to Automatic Recognition

Date: 16 January 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET

The second webinar provided an overview of key documents and developments in the field of academic recognition, from the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention to recent advancements such as the 2019 Global Recognition Convention. It examined the future of automatic recognition and the impact of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and micro-credentials.


  • Katia Dolgova-Dreyer, Programme coordinator, Co-operation and Capacity Building, Education Department, Council of Europe
  • Vanja Gutovic, Secretary to the Global Recognition Convention, UNESCO
  • Kinga Szuly, Head of Sector – Higher Education Policy, European Commission
  • Moderator: Helene Peterbauer, Policy Analyst for Institutional Development at EUA

Student-Centred Learning: The Bologna Process Perspective

Date: 13 February 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET

This webinar focused on the implementation of student-centred learning (SCL) within the EHEA. It discussed how learning outcomes approaches, curriculum design, and teaching strategies have evolved to support SCL, promoting shared responsibility and fostering deeper understanding and critical thinking among students.


  • Coralie Debruyne, student, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Stephen Rutherford, National Teaching Fellow and Education Division Lead, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Ana Tecilazić, Vice-Rector for Quality, Algebra University, Croatia, and former co-chair, Bologna Follow-Up Group Working Group on Learning and Teaching
  • Oliver Vettori, Director for Academic Affairs, ENGAGE.EU university alliance
  • Moderator: Thérèse Zhang, Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy at EUA

What is Next for the European QA Framework?

Date: 5 March 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET

This webinar explored the future developments of the European quality assurance (QA) framework. It addressed current challenges and opportunities, as well as the role of QA in enhancing educational standards across the EHEA.

Protecting Fundamental Values in the European Higher Education Area

Date: 26 March 2024, 14:00-15:00 CET

The fifth webinar provided an overview of fundamental values such as academic freedom, integrity, and institutional autonomy. It discussed how these values are being pressured in various European countries and the role of higher education institutions in upholding these principles.


  • Svein Hullstein, Policy Officer at DG Education and Culture, European Commission, and Member of the Bologna Working Group on Fundamental Values
  • Tomasz Pietrzykowski, Vice-Rector for International and Domestic Cooperation, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
  • Liviu Matei, Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Monika Steinel, Deputy Secretary General of the European University Association

The Social Dimension in Higher Education: Its Context and Its Future

Date: 14 May 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST

This webinar discussed the current state of the social dimension in higher education, contrasting institutional perspectives with European policies. It delved into inclusive practices at higher education institutions and the relevance of BFUG initiatives on the social dimension.

What Do the Indicators Say About the Bologna Process?

Date: 11 June 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST

The final webinar introduced the monitoring framework of the Bologna Process, presenting key findings from the most recent monitoring cycle. It featured presentations on EHEA key commitments and credit mobility, drawing conclusions for the next round of the Bologna Process.


  • Thérèse Zhang, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy – EUA
  • David Crosier, Education System Analyst – Eurydice, European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission
  • Horia Onița, President – European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • Moderator: Henriette Stoeber, Policy Analyst – EUA

For more information about the webinar series follow via the link.

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