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Title In Europe’s footsteps? Towards regional co-ordination of higher education in Africa and South-East Asia
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


Earlier this month, partner states of the East African Community, a regional intergovernmental organisation, met in Tanzania to discuss the development of a policy agenda to harmonise their national higher education systems. The move, which has been discussed since 2003 – five years after the European Bologna Process began, is being made in an effort to create an ‘East African Higher Education Area’ and to stimulate free movement of students and professionals in the region, thereby increasing employment opportunities. Similar initiatives are being discussed in other regions in the world, including North Africa and South-East Asia, where groups of countries, worried about being left behind, are seeking to increase the competitiveness of their own university systems and economies. Is the European Bologna Process, which has now been extended for another ten years, a blueprint for other parts of the world? Is increasing cross-border co-ordination and synchronisation desirable at all? What are the potential implications of the emergence of regional higher education strongholds?

Date 20/05/2009
Region(s) Africa, Asia, Australia & Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, Middle East & Gulf States
Countries Algeria, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Jordan, Cambodia, Brunei, Uganda, Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Tanzania, Tunisia, The Philippines
Theme(s) Mobility, Regulatory Frameworks
Topic(s) Regulation, Quality Assurance

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