This research inquiry takes place in the context of the Sorbonne, Bologna and Prague Declarations on university relationships in Europe, and of various initiatives promoted by the EU and others to encourage collaboration.
Joint declaration on harmonisation of the architecture of the European higher education system
by the four Ministers in charge for France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom
Paris, the Sorbonne, May 25 1998
Joint declaration of the European Ministers of Education
convened in Bologna on the 19th of June 1999
The European process, thanks to the extraordinary achievements of the last few years, has become an increasingly concrete and relevant reality for the Union and its citizens. Enlargement prospects together with deepening relations with other European countries, provide even wider dimensions to that reality. Meanwhile, we are witnessing a growing awareness in large parts of the political and academic world and in public opinion of the need to establish a more complete and far-reaching Europe, in particular building upon and strengthening its intellectual, cultural, social and scientific and technological dimensions.
Communiqué of the meeting of European Ministers in charge of Higher Education
in Prague on May 19th 2001
Two years after signing the Bologna Declaration and three years after the Sorbonne Declaration, European Ministers in charge of higher education, representing 32 signatories, met in Prague in order to review the progress achieved and to set directions and priorities for the coming years of the process. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the objective of establishing the European Higher Education Area by 2010. The choice of Prague to hold this meeting is a symbol of their will to involve the whole of Europe in the process in the light of enlargement of the European Union.