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In the course of the Bologna Process : are Diploma Supplement labels contributing to the mobility of students in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK?

Aertken, Julia (2015) In the course of the Bologna Process : are Diploma Supplement labels contributing to the mobility of students in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK?

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Abstract:When the Bologna Declaration was signed in 1999, it was too early to say what its impact on the European higher education institutions would be. Now, 16 years later, a lot has changed. An important Bologna transparency tool is the Diploma Supplement. This document, which was designed to provide more precise information about the qualifications of the holder and which is intended to accompany every diploma awarded in one of the participating countries, was looked at into more detail in this thesis. Moreover, the Diploma Supplement label, awarded to higher education institutions which correctly implemented the Diploma Supplement, was further a subject of this thesis. Amongst other goals, the Diploma Supplement and its label were designed to facilitate and stimulate student mobility in the European Higher Education Area. In order to find out to what extent the Diploma Supplement label influences student mobility, interviews with policy-makers and admission officers from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK were conducted. The findings of these interviews showed that the Diploma Supplement is a widely known and used tool, which has established itself in most of the participating countries. The label, however, seems not to be that well-known and further does not directly influence student mobility, as many other factors play a role in this process as well. Nevertheless, it could be confirmed that Diploma Supplements help in the application processes and, hence, provide a more direct link to mobility.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67294
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