EUA's "Trends" reports, which have accompanied the Bologna Process from its launch in 1999, have assumed a high profile in contributing to the understanding of developments in Europe's changing higher education landscape. Trends reports are well recognised as an essential information and dissemination tool by all stakeholders in the European higher education community.
The first Trends report
, produced for the Ministerial meeting in Bologna, described the state of European higher education, and provided a rationale for the development of a European Higher Education Area. The second report
, produced for the Prague Ministerial Conference in 2001 gave a further update of national developments and extended the geographical coverage in Europe. Trends III
, prepared in 2003 for EUA’s Higher Education Convention in Graz, and for the Berlin Ministerial Conference, was the first report to introduce the perspective of higher education institutions into the analysis, following a questionnaire that gathered over 800 institutional replies. This report raised several questions and challenges regarding the nature of institutional implementation, many of which were explored in greater depth through a series of institutional site visits undertaken for both the Trends IV
and the Trends V
reports (with additional focus group discussion).
The same methodology – combining a survey questionnaire, institutional site visits and focus group discussions – is being used again for Trends 2010, the latest Trends project
that was launched in November 2008 and will contribute to 2010 edition of the Trends in European Higher Education Report. Since Trends IV, the focus of the reports has been to explore how the Bologna process impacts upon overall institutional developments and situating this within different national contexts. This focus is maintained in Trends 2010, with the additional aim of examining a decade of Bologna reforms in the context of other changes that have affected higher education, whether through international, European or national developments. Trends VI Trends V Past Trends reports