Cross national recognition of diplomas : the path to transparency and harmonisation?
This paper provides a brief overview of the current effects of evaluative processes on European higher education systems. Structural change and growth in accountability are being driven internally by the need for political and economic justification but also externally by ever-greater academic mobility and increasing European and international comparisons. The Bologna Process and creation of a European higher education space are seen as reflecting the need to create trans-national equivalences between qualifications which will satisfy the diversity of stakeholders involved. It is suggested that there is scope for institutions to consider how they may benefit from the development of forms of European accreditation.