The Yerevan Communique, which was adopted at Bologna Ministerial Conference on May 14-15, 2015 granted special attention to improvement of quality and relevance of teaching and learning, enhancement of pedagogical innovations in the student-centered learning environment. It is highlighted that a “stronger link” should be promoted between teaching, learning and research at all study levels.
The Communique highlights that in rapidly changing labor market fostering employability of graduates throughout their working lives should be ensured by developing relevant competences among students, to meet new job profiles and technological developments. At the same time, development of new competences will increase opportunities for employment and self-employment of graduates.
A Special focus in the Communique was given to the issues, which since 2005 have become one of the core aspects for launching a dialogue and cooperation of the Bologna process member countries – support mobility of students and academic personnel and ensuring access to education by students of different social background. The opportunity on grant mobility has become one of the basic topics for discussion during the preparation process of the Communique as well.
At the Bologna Ministerial conference, the Ministers hailed the accession of Belarus. It is noted in the Communique that at 2018 Ministerial conference, which is to take place in France the Bologna Follow-up Group is to report on the implementation of the roadmap.
Fourth Bologna Policy Statement was also adopted at the Ministerial. The statement focuses on “reinforcing cooperation between the EHEA and MEENAS countries” by improving the mutual recognition of qualifications, establishing compatibility between national frameworks and the QF-EHEA, developing quality assurance systems and cooperating in developing and implementing credit accumulation and transfer system.
Ministers adopted three policy measures at the Bologna Ministerial: (a) Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) (b) European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes and (c) ECTS Users’ Guide.
Fourth Bologna Policy Statement
Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
ECTS Users’ Guide