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European Higher Education Area (EHEA) - 10 Years Later

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«The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) – 10 years later»

April 15th 2021, 2:00 pm

The construction of a European Higher Education Area (EAHEA) was formalized in Vienna in 2010. Also called “The Bologna Process”, this intergovernmental initiative launched in Bologna (Italy) in 1999 boosted far-reaching reforms with the goal of adopting common structures of higher education systems based on 3 cycles at the European level.

Intended as a tool of increased transparency, this approach also sought to develop student mobility and, of course, the attractiveness of the European area. This area extends far beyond the EU as, since 2015, this initiative counts no less than 48 European countries adhering to the European Cultural Convention and located across the entire European continent, from Finland to Cyprus and from Ireland to Russia.

The European Higher Education Area is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the BMD harmonization (bachelor-master- doctorate) and the ECTS system (European credit transfer system) resulting from the “Bologna Process” turned 20. A good occasion to take stock on progress made and the challenges ahead.


Welcome by Michel Derdevet, President of Maison de l’Europe in Paris and by Pascal Jentsch, Managing partner of PPOOL media & communications

Statement of Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Statement of Olivier Mentz, President of Franco-German University

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm ROUND TABLE 1

REVIEW: What achievements have been made thanks to the Bologna process? What pitfalls has to be to avoided, how to resolve weaknesses?

Moderator: Marie Pierre Gröndahl, Journal du Dimanche (JDD)

  • Emilienne Baneth, Université PSL, Paris
  • Andrea Hofer, Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education, OECD, Paris
  • Giovanni Finocchietti, CIMEA, Roma
  • Robert J. Morrissey, University of Chicago

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ROUND TABLE 2

PERSPECTIVES: How to drive the EHEA forward? How to make progress visible for future students, for their parents and for international students and researchers?

Moderator: Matt Symonds, QS Quacquarelli Symonds & columnist at Forbes, BBC

  • Cécile Blondel, Gobelins, L’école de l’image, Paris
  • Eric Cassan, Université Paris-Saclay
  • Axel Honsdorf, BayFrance, Munich
  • Patrick Lévy, Université Grenoble Alpes & European University Association
  • Grzegorz Mazurek, Kozminski University, Warsaw


Maison de l’Europe de Paris, CEP France (Centre de politique européenne) and the support of Deutsch-Französische Hochschule/Université franco-allemande.

Hosted by

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    Emilienne Baneth Université PSL

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    Eric Cassan Université Paris-Saclay

  • Guest speaker
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    Michel Derdevet

  • Guest speaker
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    Matt Symonds

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    Lucas Lantero BFUG 2018-2020

  • Guest speaker
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    Matt Symonds

  • Team member
    Pascal Jentsch Managing director @ PPOOL M&C

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    Olivier Mentz President @ Franco-German University

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    Cécile Blondel Gobelins, l'école de l'image

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    Ursula Serafin Directrice

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    Andrea Hofer OECD

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    Giovanni Finocchietti CIMEA

  • Guest speaker
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    Marie-Pierre Gröndahl

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    Robert Morrissey University of Chicago

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    Grzegorz Mazurek Kozminski University

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    Patrick Lévy UGA & European University Association

  • Guest speaker
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    Axel Honsdorf BayFrance



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