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Implementing Bachelor and Master Programmes: A Study Comparing Germany with Six Selected European Countries


Abstract
In 2004, the Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel undertook a study on the current state of implementation of bachelor and master programmes in seven European countries funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.The selection of Austria, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom in comparison with Germany assured an interesting range of topics concerning traditional ideas of universities, existing structrures, types of higher education insititutions and programmes as well as recognizable approaches of the implementation of the new tiered programs.In examining the essential features of the emerging tiered systems, the implications for the higher education system, the students and the graduates in the selected countries, the study aimed to make a criticla asessment about the prospects to achieve the Bologna reform goals. Nine major themes were examined in each of the seven countries: The emerging logic of the tiered system; The state of implementation; The coordination of the introduction of the new system of programmes and degrees; The views of the actors and stakeholders; Bachelor/master programmes within a homogeneous or rather differentiated higher education landscape; The aims of the higher education institutions and the curricular characteristics of the new study programs; Special features of study programs, examinations and certification; The effects of the new structure of programmes and degrees on the students; The effects on the transition to employment and subsequent career of the graduates. The Centre cooperated with experts in the selected countries in order to collect the most important information and data. The study was based on an analysis of available documents and interviews with a few key actors and experts in the selected countries


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