Seminar: The Bologna Process in Israel as a reflection of EU-Israel relations

Seminar: The Bologna Process in Israel as a reflection of EU-Israel relations

SEMINARS ON THE THEME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
 
A CEUROS and Euro-Asia Centre Partnership
 
Friday 22nd February 2019 (Venue: KB1-15)
 
'The Bologna Process in Israel as a reflection of EU-Israel relations'
 
Dr Hila Zahavi, Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies
Ben Gourion University of the Negev (Israel)
 
Abstract: The objective of this article is to examine the Israeli perceptions towards the Bologna Process as well as outline its reactions to it. Specifically, the article investigates the landscape of interests among Israeli policy-makers (from both political and institutional levels) in relation to the European higher education reforms. Through interviews with policy-makers and a qualitative analysis of official documents and political discussions, the article also follows how the response to Bologna in Israel has developed, and how the Bologna Process was perceived in Israel. Relying on the theoretical frameworks of normative power and external perceptions, the article elaborates how the Bologna Process’ trajectory in Israel reflects a wider picture of EU-Israeli relations, and Israeli perceptions of Europe and the EU. The study contributes to the discussion of the use of European higher education policies as a tool in foreign policy, as part of the tool kit of Europe's normative power. Thus, the article calls to enhance research of higher education and other ‘soft policy’ areas in the study of foreign policy and international relations. 
 
Dr Hila Zahavi is the Director of the Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. As part of her work, Hila is involved in managing the European Commission funded Near-EU Jean Monnet Network. Her PhD research- completed in August 2018- dealt with higher education as tool in foreign policy.