Universities in the Asia Pacific region need to embrace something equivalent to the European Bologna Process, according to UNU Rector Konrad Osterwalder. Speaking at the Asia Pacific Initiative 2008 Partnership Workshop on 13-14 March 2008, Rector Osterwalder argued that higher education in the region needs to undergo strategic reforms designed to make it more compatible, comparable, and competitive.
Rector Osterwalder was addressing an audience of forty academics drawn from universities in Japan, the United States, Thailand, Fiji, Samoa, Indonesia and India that make up the Asia Pacific Initiative.
The Bologna Process began with a declaration signed by European ministers of education in June 1999 and seeks to create a European Higher Education Area in 2010.
Remarking on the difficulties encountered when organizing joint courses across Asia Pacific in terms of differing academic calendars and credit systems, the UNU Rector stated that a grand vision is needed for higher education in the region in order to facilitate even more extensive collaboration and academic exchange.