Ulla Kriebernegg: Transatlantic Relationships in Higher Educations

One of the guiding themes of today’s political discussions focusing on the area of education is the fast-pacing development of the European higher education reforms. While in the past, education policy was solely in the hands of each EU member state, the Bologna Declaration marked the starting point of a coordination process aiming at the development of a “European Higher Education Area”. By creating comparable, compatible and coherent education systems, the European Union is preparing, as stated in the Lisbon conclusions, to become the “world’s most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy” by 2010.

In the United States, this process is being closely observed, and the development of a standardized European educational system is seen as both a chance and a challenge; what are the main questions asked, and what are the underlying assumptions?

This dissertation investigates the impact of the Bologna Process on the transatlantic dialogue. Based on an analysis of the historical and political conditions that have lead to the emergence of transatlantic co-operation, it will focus on the effects that the changes concerning the European educational systems have had on the internationalization strategies and analyze the related discursive formations and cultural narratives on both sides of the Atlantic.

(University of Graz)