Bologna Process and the European Area of Higher Education

In many respects, the Bologna Process has been revolutionary for cooperation in European higher education. Four education ministers participating in the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the University of Paris shared the view that the segmentation of the European higher education sector in Europe was outdated and harmful. The decision to engage in a voluntary process to create the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was formalized one year later in Bologna, by 30 countries.

Croatia joined the Bologna process in 2001 and has been an active participant ever since. All study programmes have been aligned with the Bologna structure in 2005, and all students graduating in Croatia from these programmes receive ECTS credits and are entitled to diploma supplements. Croatia has been actively pursuing the implementation of other Bologna action lines as well, and the quality assurance system that Croatia has introduced in 2009 has allowed for very high levels of university autonomy.

As the main objective of the Bologna Process since its inception in 1999, the EHEA was meant to ensure more comparable, compatible and coherent systems of higher education in Europe. Between 1999 - 2010, all the efforts of the Bologna Process members were targeted to creating the European Higher Education Area, that became reality with the Bologna Process' decade anniversary, in March 2010, during the Budapest-Vienna Ministerial Conference.

All relevant information related to educational policy within the European Higher Education Area, work programme for the period to 2012, seminars and other relevant events, documents and reports, EU activities and press materials can be found on the website www.ehea.info! Information about the Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area in Croatia can be found on these web pages.