The International Conference, last 16th July, on "The African Universities' Adaptation to the Bologna Process" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), marked yet another attempt in the series of efforts to get African universities effectively associated with the planned creation of 'European Higher Education Area' by the year 2010.
After a long period of hesitation, African universities choose, one after the other, to adapt to the architecture of studies organisation which has been promoted since 1999 by the Bologna process.
In the South, the changeover is not simple: the model is imported from the North, there is no preliminary consultation between the European and the African universities on the characteristics it should have in order to be adapted to the economic, cultural and social context and needs of these two regions of the world. The European universities have adopted an organisation of the studies which they impose on their African counterparts, who are led to model themselves on them. There is no continent that is not influenced by the Bologna model which becomes universal. Asia and Latino America have undertaken reforms that go along the lines of a greater compatibility with the European higher education systems.
International financial organisations and institutions (UNESCO, World Bank, etc.) are in favour of the adjustment of African universities to the Bologna model, especially when it falls within concerted initiatives.