Work in progress - The european higher education area ("Bologna process") in engineering education in Spain

Alfonso Duran, Young B. Moon, Esmeralda Giraldo

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the concerted effort toward the European Higher Education Area, EHEA ("The Bologna process"), and discusses its relevance for the global Engineering Education community through the case in Spain. Confronted with a Europe-wide 2010 deadline for the EHEA convergence, the implementation in Spain of EHEA-conformant undergraduate degrees started in September 2008. Carlos III of Madrid has migrated 80% of its Engineering degrees by mid 2009. As a result, far-reaching modifications in the Spanish educational system were introduced, replacing the government-approved rigid catalog of official engineering degrees by an accreditation process whereby each university can propose its own engineering degrees. Since all degrees must be simultaneously redesigned, synergies can be exploited, aiming at a more integrated, modular design of the engineering curricula and fostering commonality. Concerted adoption of the student effort based on European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) unit of academic measurement may facilitate the seamless combination of face-to-face, distance and blended learning formats. Combined with a common cycle structure and the inclusion of the European Diploma Supplement, the effort will promote mobility and the international dimension in education. This paper provides an update on the project of transformation, its stumbling blocks and challenges as well as its opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationImagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2009Oct 21 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period10/18/0910/21/09

Keywords

  • Bologna process
  • Engineering curricula
  • European higher education area
  • Spanish universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Duran, A., Moon, Y. B., & Giraldo, E. (2009). Work in progress - The european higher education area ("Bologna process") in engineering education in Spain. In 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 [5350475] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2009.5350475