BERLIN, June 18 (Xinhua) -- German Education Minister Johanna Wanka commended Wednesday the achievement of German universities on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration.
"Over the past 15 years, the German universities have carried out a tremendous achievement," said Johanna Wanka. "Bachelor and master degree programs are now firmly anchored in the German science system, now we have to go on the path of reform consistently."
Fifteen years ago, on June 19, 1999, 29 European countries signed the so-called Bologna Declaration in the Italian university town of Bologna.
The European higher education reform has led to far-reaching changes in the national higher education systems in Europe since then and Germany has actively followed this process from the beginning.
According to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, almost three quarters of all students in Germany are now enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program, and 87 percent of all courses at German universities have been converted into the two-cycle system.
"The Bologna process has made it possible that education can be lived and experienced internationally as a matter of course. Universities are international places and prepare their students for the globalization that will accompany them throughout their professional lives," said Wanka.
The European academic reform is mainly embodied in the international mobility of students, as a result, about one third of high school graduates and college graduates in Germany have spent study-related stay abroad.