Refugees' impact on Bologna reform – Recognition of Prior Learning and inclusion in the light of increased migration

The Swedish Council for Higher Education arranged a conference on Recognition of Prior Learning, inclusion and alternative routes to higher education in light of increased migration. The conference took place in Malmö, Sweden, on the 12th and 13th of June 2017


More than a million refugees crossed the borders into the EU in 2015. Many of the newly arrived migrants are young and just about to start their post-secondary education. Others have studied at higher education institutions but haven’t been able to finalise their studies.

The Bologna Process Implementation report 2015 identified that recognition of foreign qualifications still needs to be improved, and the methods for RPL need to be developed. Therefore the conference, arranged within the framework of the Bologna Working group 2 on Implementation, focused on RPL and opportunities for lifelong learning for newly arrived migrants.

Documentation from the conference

Presentations and webcasts from the conference

The speakers’ presentations and webcasts from the conference are published on programme page. Each presentation is linked in the programme to the person who delivered it.

Report from the conference

The conference report (pdf) includes a summary of the two days and the discussions.

Background information and programme

The conference programme (pdf) contains a background to the conference and some results from a survey that the participants to the conference answered upon registration. 


The conference's hashtag on Twitter was #BolognaRPL.


Anders Ahlstrand
+46 10 470 04 59

Arranged by

The Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with Malmö University.

The conference is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 


Senast uppdaterad: 30 november 2018