On June 19, 1999, the education and research ministers of 29 European countries met to sign the Bologna Declaration, committing to the aim of creating a common European higher education area by the year 2010.
Introduction of a system of internationally recognized, comparable degrees and diplomas
Introduction of a three-cycle study system
Introduction of a credit system similar to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
Promoting European cooperation in quality assurance
Promoting the specifically Europe-related dimensions of the field of higher education
Encouraging participation by higher education institutions and students; accommodation of the social dimension of the Bologna Process
Ensuring that doctoral programs are included in the process