Tijdschrift voor Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid vol:Year 2011-2012 issue:3-4 pages:203-220
Tijdschrift voor Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid
The implementation of the bachelor-master reform as part of the Bologna process can be considered an important element of the institutional process aimed at realising a single European market, including the free movement of labour (and students). However, the reform has been implemented using an intergovernmental rather than a supranational approach. The aim of this contribution is to evaluate to what extent the reform has already been implemented in the member states and whether it has led to a simpler and more transparent system of comparable degrees. To this end a cross-country analysis has been carried out regarding the member states, based on a review of the current literature, policy documents and evaluations. One of the main conclusions is that the reform has been implemented in a non-uniform way in the different member states in such a way that existing national structures remain embedded in the new structures developed by the member states. The versatile character of the newly developed structures, however, should not be considered problematic so long as differences are made explicit using transparent qualification frameworks.