In connection with the Bologna University’s 900th anniversary in 1999, a group of European Ministers for Education gathered.
They began discussing how a common system for higher education would make it easier for both students and workers to move between the countries of Europe.
The meeting in Bologna was the beginning of the so-called Bologna Process, the ambition of which is to make it easier to study and work in other countries. In the beginning, it involved nine countries; now there are 46.
In June of 2007, a new Swedish education and degree structure was introduced in accordance with the Bologna Process. At the same time, Mid Sweden University also chose to change its grading scale to a seven-step scale, in order to increase comparability with other countries.
The seven-point grading scale is criterion-referenced. This means that the student’s grade is based on the learning objectives that are specified in the syllabus. That is why clear learning objectives were added to all syllabi, both for modules and entire programmes. At the same time, a new degree structure was also developed, which determined the length of each education and made the programme descriptions much clearer.