The Council of Europe laid the foundations of one of the most
important reforms in education in the 20th century, the creation
of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Students, teachers
and university staff can get access to the best university programmes
Europe-wide. Higher education is gradually becoming borderless and
is playing a more important role in bringing European peoples closer
on the basis of common values.
Adherence to the fundamental principles of the EHEA, such
as academic freedom, autonomy and the participation of students,
determines the degree of international openness of the EHEA. Countries
wishing to enhance co-operation with EHEA members, or to become
a member, must ensure respect for these fundamental values through
their policies and practice.
The consolidation of the EHEA would trigger increased opportunities
for access to good quality higher education and ensure equality
of access. Sustainable funding schemes and improved visa regimes,
breaking administrative barriers to academic mobility, are essential
to the success of the EHEA.
Member States must ensure that Europe remains attractive as
a destination for higher education. They must build a coherent European
higher education space in a framework which is developed in common
and preserves the richness and the diversity of national systems.