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Title: An analysis of the Bologna Declaration from the employers' perspective : a comparison of four centres in Finland, Italy, Romania and UK
Author: Staines , Brian
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 9780
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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A central aim of the Bologna Process is the development of a European Higher Education system with qualifications recognised between signatory countries, enabling greater labour mobility_ For this to become a reality employers must become aware of what Bologna offers them. This dissertation 'examines their awareness levels. Its focuses on employers' knowledge of relevant aspects of the process and their evaluation of its usefulness, especially in relation to graduate recruitment. The study is based on research carried out with employers linked to four major universities: Bristol (England), Turku (Finland), Padova (Italy) and Iasi (Romania).All have a strong interest in the European employment market, and well established Careers Services offering professional recruitment services. They are all members of the COIMBRA group of leading European universities. This study also offers insights into the awareness, use, and potential value of the Diploma Supplement (as key component of the Bologna Process) for employers in these centres. The result is a comparative mixed method study between four different countries based on qualitative and quantitative analysis of awareness levels of employers' awareness of Bologna. The research involved a questionnaire survey of employers, plus focus groups with some of those surveyed, representing different sizes of organisations, all having links with their university Careers Services. The main aim was to establish employers' existing knowledge of Bologna and its mechanisms such as the Diploma Supplement, and how this might affect their future recruitment plans. The research findings indicate an overall lack of awareness among all employers surveyed. There were differences in knowledge levels between countries, though the size of firm did not appear to be a consistently significant factor correlated to awareness levels. The findings suggest part of the reason is the overall academic bias of Bologna, with the system having been developed primarily for the benefit of the academic community, not for the general labour market. The study concludes that if employers are to be fully involved in the development of the Bologna process, benefitting from instruments like the Diploma Supplement, considerable work is needed to raise levels of awareness and involvement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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