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Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG)

The Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) is the executive and coordinating body of the ↑Bologna Process. The European Ministers have entrusted the implementation of all the issues covered in the Berlin Communiqué (2003), the overall steering of the Bologna Process and the preparation of the next ministerial meeting to the BFUG.[1] The BFUG is composed of the representatives of all member states of the Bologna Process plus the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the ↑EUA – European University Association, ↑ENQA – European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ↑EURASHE – European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, ↑ESIB – The National Unions of Students in Europe and UNESCO-CEPES[2] as consultative members. This group, which will be convened at least twice a year, is chaired by the country of the respective European Union (EU) presidency, with the host country of the next Ministerial Conference as vice-chair. The Board, also chaired by the EU presidency country and with the next host country as vice-chair, oversees the work between the meetings of the BFUG. The overall follow-up work is supported by a Secretariat which the host country of the next Ministerial Conference provides.[3] There are also National Bologna Follow-up Groups in each of the signatory states.
Related term: ↑Stocktaking

[1] Cf. Berlin, p. 8.

[2] UNESCO-CEPES: European Centre for Higher Education (Centre Européen pour l´Enseignement Supérieur) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Cf. URL: http://www.cepes.ro (18.7.2006).

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