The London Conference 2007

The London Conference (May 2007) set the objectives of the London Communiqué, summarised here below.

Objectives of the London Conference 2007

  • To consider Higher Education as a learning-based and not merely a teaching-based process;
  • To design programmes and courses according to learning outcomes;
  • To consider student and staff mobility a priority for universities (particularly, governments must undertake to remove the bureaucratic barriers to mobility, such as visas and residence permits);
  • To develop standards and guidelines proposed by the ENQA in order to ensure Quality Assurance in curricula and programme development (creation of a European Register of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agencies;
  • To develop National Qualifications Frameworks within the European Qualifications Framework within the European Higher Education Area;
  • To recognise university qualifications in all countries of the Area (prior to the ratification of the Lisbon Summit by the countries that are not yet signatories);
  • To issue and recognise joint qualifications;
  • To increase the flexibility of programmes, also including procedures for the recognition of prior university experiences and informal learning experiences;
  • To strengthen of lifelong learning;
  • To ensure greater interaction between the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area: strengthening of the PhD and doctoral level to become a real third cycle within the Bologna Process;
  • To offer greater university opportunities for PhD programmes, without such strict regulations;
  • To enhance the social dimension of the European Higher Education Area in terms of greater social cohesion (social effects of the European Higher Education Area, greater employability and economic development), greater attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area in a global context.