European Students in the Periphery of the Bologna Process
This chapter will discuss issues relating to the peripheral nature of ESIB within the Bologna Process regime. A question will be asked as to why exactly is ESIB a peripheral actor. ESIBs foray into the centre and the reasons why this can never be more than a fleeting visit will be explored as well as the structural form of the process and the power relations between the actors discussed. It will be asserted that constraints inherent within the process and the dominant actors intentions and logics dispel the myth that the European higher education area is undergoing a process of radical, open and free construction. Instead, what we are witnessing is the creation of a set of European influenced models utilising the tools that have real implications for students both within and without Europe as well as the societies and economies within which higher education (HE) sectors are based.
In short, what is at stake with the Bologna Process is far more than a simple enhanced student mobility scheme but the seeds of the structure of the European economic strategy interrelated with the fate of knowledge economy strategies across the globe and state activity across Europe.
KeywordsHigh Education High Education Institution High Education Sector European High Education Area Quality Assurance Agency
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