Bologna Process - Benelux 2009


Tuesday 28 April in Leuven - Wednesday 29 April in Louvain-la-Neuve

Bologna Ministerial Conference

Since 1999, the year in which the Bolgona Declaration was adopted, the Ministers of Education involved in the Bologna process meet every two years in a European city to take stock of the progress of the reform: Prague in 2001, Berlin in 2003, Bergen in 2005, London in 2007 and, finally, Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve in 2009.

On 28 and 29 April 2009, K.U.Leuven and UCL will host the Bologna Ministerial Conference on behalf of the Benelux. 


Forty-six different ministerial delegations will attend this major event, as well as representatives of international organisations and countries that are not part of the Bologna-zone but who are interested by the reform. 

The plenary sessions, the Bologna Policy Forum and the press conference will be broadcasted live on the internet.
→ Tuesday 28 April 2009, from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 16.45 to 18.00.
→ Wednesday 29 April, from 09.00 to 10.00 and from 10.30 to 13.30. In Louvain-la-Neuve, these sessions will also be broadcasted on a big screen in the Auditoire Socrate 11.


Tuesday 28 April - Leuven - K.U.Leuven - Central University Library (Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21)

As of 08.00 Registration  
09.00 Plenary I  
11.00 Coffee and group photo  
11.30 Plenary II  
13.00 Lunch  
15.00 Parallel sessions  
16.00 Coffee  
16.45 Plenary III  
18.00 End of conference day 1  

Wednesday 29 April - Louvain-la-Neuve - UCL - Aula Magna (Place Raymond Lemaire, 1)

09.00 Plenary IV  
10.00 Coffee and group photo  
10.30 Bologna Policy Forum  
13.00 Press conference (Aula Magna, Foyer du lac) and closing lunch  

The working language will be English. 


  • Accredited journalists are welcome to follow the plenary sessions in the press room, where the debate will be projected on a big screen. Press representatives can join the delegations at lunch and during the coffee break.
  • Press conference: 29 April, at 13.00, in Louvain-la-Neuve (Aula Magna, Foyer du lac), attended by the Flemish and Walloon Ministers Marie-Dominique Simonet and Frank Vandenbroucke. During this press conference, the European ministers will disclose a press release stating their priorities for the future.