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The Bologna Process and the Informatics Profession

Volume: 2006, No.IV

Date: August 2006

Guest Editors: Juan-José Cuadrado-Gallego and Luigi Buglione

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The Bologna Process and the Informatics Profession

The construction of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) is currently the most important challenge facing higher education in Europe. It has been more than eight years since Paris saw four member states of the European Union sign an initial document, commonly known as the Sorbonne Declaration, which stated the need to standardize higher education studies throughout the European Union. Since then there have been a great many events and initiatives related to the construction of the EHEA, the most important of which was the 1999 Bologna Declaration in which all EU member states declared their interest in the construction of a single higher education area and laid the foundations for its future development.

The standardization proposal put forward by the Bologna Declaration and ratified and perfected in subsequent agreements has not been limited to merely defining a standardization model for qualifications among signatory states but has gone much further than that. The proposal has brought about a real revolution in the way higher education is understood in Europe, and has introduced radical changes in both organizational and pedagogical aspects. These changes will also affect future professional careers since both the training and the qualifications required to access those careers will undergo, or are already undergoing, major changes.

Computer Engineering studies, and therefore the professional careers of IT professionals, will not be immune to these future changes. This special edition of UPGRADE is made up of a number of papers that jointly present the broadest possible overview of the effect that the new Bologna framework will have, or rather is already having, on computer studies and the IT profession.

The UPgrade European NETwork section brings you papers about human-computer interface from PIPS' Pro- Dialog publication in Poland, and about ICT security from ATI's publication Novática in Spain.


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • Professionalism in IT by Charles Hughes
  • Towards A Real Change (or The Modification of Computer Engineering Studies through The Eyes of A Student) by Mikel Salazar-Peña
  • Evolution of Computer Science Studies in Spain in The European Higher Education Area by Juan-José Cuadrado-Gallego, León González-Sotos, Daniel Rodríguez-García and Miguel-Ángel Sicilia-Urbán
  • Bologna Process: The Italian Experience by Luigi Buglione
  • The Dutch Experience of Carrying Out the Bologna Process by Maya Deneva
  • Historical Evolution of Courses of Study in Computer Science: A German Experience Report by René Braungarten, Martin Kunz and Reiner R. Dumke
  • ECTS Pilot Scheme for the Technical Engineering Degree in Data Processing and Computer Systems by José-Luis Álvarez-Macías, Manuel J. Redondo-González, Javier Aroba-Páez, Beatriz Aranda-Louvier and Patricio Salmerón-Revuelta