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Latin American universities and the Bologna Process

Subtitle: 
from commercialisation to the Tuning competencies project
Publication Name: 
Globalisation Societies and Education
Volume, number, page: 
8:3, pp.443-455
Year of Publication: 
2010
Author(s): 
ABOITES Hugo
City: 
Abingdon
Country of Publication: 
United Kingdom
Full Date: 
September 2010
ISBN or ISSN: 
1476-7724
Category: 
Academic articles
Theme: 
Subregion - European Union
BIREGIONAL RELATIONS UE - LAC
Academic
Cultural
Keyword(s): 
Professional Competence
Higher education system
Higher education
Bologna Process
Universities
Latin America
Cultural Pluralism
College Students
Corporations
Identity
European Union
European project
Foreign and development aid projects
Education
International education cooperation
Sociology
Abstract: 
Through the Tuning-Latin America competencies project, Latin American universities have been incorporated into the Bologna Process. In 2003 the European Commission approved an initiative of this project for Latin America and began to promote it among ministries, university presidents' organisations and other institutions in Latin America. This initiative, however, carries problematic implications. It is an initiative which: (1) simply copies a European model and applies it unchanged to Latin America; (2) opens the door to greater influence by large corporations in the universities; (3) maintains the idea of the pensamiento unico, or single way of thinking, seen now in a single group of competencies that are considered valid for Europe and Latin America, without considering the enormous cultural, social and political diversity of the countries of those regions; (4) offers an educational-pedagogical approach that fragments the professional education of students; and finally (5) has a negative impact on the work and identity of Latin American university professors and students as key players in university transformation. Adapted from the source document.