Visions of a Bologna-Type Agreement Across the Americas

by E Wayne Ross on October 22, 2010

The Chronicle: A Common Higher-Education Framework for the Americas Is Envisioned, but Some Wonder Who Might Lose Out

Some 700 university representatives from 40 countries have gathered here this week to work toward the creation of a common higher-education space of the Americas, similar to the Bologna agreement in Europe. Yet few of those attending have a clear idea of what such a system would entail, and some even question whether it is really desirable.

Proponents argue that greater regional integration is both inevitable and necessary. “We have to build this space, not to copy Europe, but for our own survival,” said Raúl Arias Lovillo, president of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education, one of three hosts of the first Conference of the Americas on International Education.