Spanish students resume protests over Bologna plans
Students and teachers at various Barcelona universities continue to protest against plans to harmonise European degree qualifications Wednesday.BARCELONA – Students and teachers staged sit-ins at Barcelona universities Wednesday over plans to harmonise European degree qualifications, a week after a protest over the same issue led to clashes with police.
Dozens of students staged sit-ins at two campuses in the northeastern Spanish city with some vowing they would not leave until talks are opened over the so-called Bologna plan.
About 20 teaching staff also staged a sit-in late Wednesday at another building at the University of Barcelona.
Twenty-four students and 32 police officers were injured last week during clashes which broke out after where police last week moved in to clear some students who had staged a sit-in since November.
Officers arrested 19 students who were later released on bail.
The students also plan a protest on Thursday in Barcelona's main avenue, Las Ramblas, where demonstrations are normally banned.
In 1999, European Union education ministers signed the Bologna Declaration which bills itself as a series of changes to post-secondary education intended to ease mobility for both students and academics.
It has sparked protests from students across Europe who complain it will mean they have to obtain a pricey master's degree to win the same recognised level of educational achievement as previously with just one degree.
They also argue that the reforms will pave the way for the privatisation of universities and higher education costs.
AFP / Expatica