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International cooperation for higher education in aquaculture and fisheries science - a European point of view
Dhont, J. (2008). International cooperation for higher education in aquaculture and fisheries science - a European point of view, in: Tsukamoto, K. et al. (Ed.) (2008). Fisheries for global welfare and environment: Memorial book of the 5th World Fisheries Congress 2008. pp. 449-460
In: Tsukamoto, K. et al. (Ed.) (2008). Fisheries for global welfare and environment: Memorial book of the 5th World Fisheries Congress 2008. TerraPub: Tokyo. ISBN 978-4-88704-144-8. 470 pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

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    Aquaculture; Education; Fisheries sciences; International cooperation; Policy; Europe [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    Since the signing of the Bologna Declaration in 1997, European (higher) education has gone through probably the most thorough and swift reform in its history. The process aims at transparency and mutual recognition leading to unlimited mobility across the European Communities’ universities for students and teachers. The Lisbon declaration emphasized the role of top-quality education as a prerequisite in developing Europe as the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. In the process towards these Lisbon objectives, much effort is invested in initiatives for lifelong learning (LL) as lifelong learning is considered to be a cornerstone in achieving competitiveness and employability. Lifelong learning contributes to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.

    In response to the diversity and increasing specialisation of the European fisheries and aquaculture sector, a range of higher and vocational education programmes has developed responding to this diversity. AquaTNET, a European Commission funded network, promotes harmonization of education programmes in the European Union and serves as a representative and advisor for the aquaculture and fisheries education providers.

    Internationalization of education is high on the agenda of the European Commission. The European Commission’s ERASMUS Mundus programme features various activities that promote mobility of students and staff, and develops partnerships between European and non-European education providers. This programme eventually improves the appeal of the European education. Besides the centralised initiatives, numerous valuable cooperation projects on education exist between European and non-European states, institutes and other parties such as NGO’s.

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