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The Bologna system of education at the University of Gdańsk

For the 2005/2006 academic year, the University of Gdańsk has introduced in almost all fields of day studies a two-tier system of education, modern teaching methods and the European system of assessing the achievements of students (the European Credit Transfer System – ECTS). The first tier of education embraces three years of vocational studies leading to the vocational degree of licencjat (Bachelor). Each graduate of vocational studies will be able to continue his or her education with a two-year course of Master’s studies, and then a three- or four-year course of Doctoral studies. Such a system of education will enable students to obtain, in the course of five years of studying, two degrees from different fields of study.

The Bologna system of education is characterised by great flexibility and it allows for an individualised programme of studies. It also enables simultaneous studying in different fields and specialisations as well as a change in direction after the completion of the first tier of education. It allows the students of the University of Gdańsk to take full advantage of the teaching offer of all universities in Europe and around the world and to spend part of their studies abroad.

By introducing the Bologna system of education, the University of Gdańsk identifies itself with the idea of creating a European Space for Higher Education and acknowledges the aims set out in the Common Declaration of European Ministers of Education, signed in Bologna in 1999.

What is the Bologna Process? The Bologna Process is the restructuring and harmonising of the systems of higher education in the countries of the European Union in order to create by 2010 a common European Space for Higher Education. The Bologna Process is being realised in accordance with the postulates of the Bologna Declaration, signed on 19 June 1999 by the ministers of education of 29 European countries, including Poland. The main aims of this declaration are: to introduce 2- and 3-tier systems of studying, to produce comparable diplomas, to introduce the ECTS, to implement mobility of students on a European scale, to promote European co-operation in the field of the quality of education and to implement systems of lifelong education. Features of the Bologna system of education at the University of Gdańsk:
  • The possibility of obtaining during five years of studying two diplomas from two different fields of study
  • The possibility of studying on the basis of individual programmes
  • The possibility of spending part of the study period at a selected European university
  • A legible system of credit transfer points (ECTS), facilitating simultaneous studying and the international exchange of students
  • The shaping of a future professional career in accordance with the demands of the labour market
  • The creation of conditions conducive to the mobility of students and academic staff
  • The broadening of the offer of education in foreign languages
  • The possibility of acquiring further knowledge on post-graduate courses
  • The possibility of developing scientific interests on doctoral study courses
  • International co-operation in the field of amending educational programmes
  • International co-operation in the field of ensuring the quality of education
  • The propagation of European issues in education
Author: Beata Czechowska-Derkacz
Translator: Tadeusz Z. Wolański
Last updated: 07.10.2005