Higher Education and Research

New challenges in recognition
Riga, 25-26 January 2007

The official Bologna seminar on ‘New challenges in recognition’, co-organised by Latvia and the Council of Europe, took place in Riga on 25-26 January 2007.
The seminar was a part of the official work programme of the Bologna Process between the Ministerial meetings in Bergen (May 2005) and London (May 2007).

The main purpose of the seminar was to give impetus to two important but difficult areas of recognition policy: the recognition of prior learning and recognition issues between the European Higher Education Area and other parts of the world.

It was opened by the Latvian Minister of Education, Professor Baiba Rivža, the President of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference, Professor Tatjana Volkova, and Mr. Sjur Bergan, Head of the Department of Higher Education and History Teaching of the Council of Europe. Professor Volkova is also Rector of the Banku augstskola (Higher School of Banking), which hosted the conference.

Professor Stephen Adam (University of Westminster) and Professor Andrejs Rauhvargers (President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee and Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference as well as professor of education at the University of Latvia) gave major presentations, while Professor Pavel Zgaga (University of Ljubljana as well as a former Minister of Education of Slovenia and one of the signers of the Bologna Declaration) was General Rapporteur.

The seminar gathered some 120 participants from most European countries. It adopted a set of conclusions and recommendations that will be submitted to the Bologna Follow Up group in preparation of the Ministerial conference in London.

More information on the conference, including all presentations, is available at http://www.aic.lv/bologna2007/.

The conclusions and recommendations are available at http://www.aic.lv/bologna2007/presentations/P_Zgaga_Recommendations.htm.