VIENNA, Austria – Around 200 students at the University of Vienna have occupied a lecture hall in preparation for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Bologna Process (on March 11) they plan to disrupt. Live footage of the occupied lecture hall can be viewed here! An explanation on the Bologna Process from Bologna Burns:
… a problem out of many you might have with the bologna process:
The fact that the entire process is based on the understanding of education as only producing workforce dictated by the market is reflected in the agreed goals. Therefore our aim is not only to measure success or failure of the Bologna process, but furthermore to question the process and its foundations itself. Master and Ph.D. as elite programs which especially exclude women, introduction of tution fees and under-financing of universities as well as de-democratization within the university system are obvious symptoms. The difficult financial situation increases the corporate influence on education and scientific research. The orientation of teaching towards corporate interests does not only affect universities, but the entire education sector in general. Hence the possibilities of self-determined and critical learning are restricted.