8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training
In September 2007 - on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Committee for Higher Education and Research of the Council of Europe - a delegation of school representatives expressed San Marino's intention to join the Bologna Process. For San Marino, taking part in the Bologna Process means: to ensure transparent and clear courses and educational qualifications to its own citizens; to offer a wide range of high quality knowledge possibilities, which can ensure the economic and social development of the country; to promote the mobility of students, researchers and administrative staff of the University; and to promote European co-operation to assess the quality of the education system (for further information on this issue, see also chapter 3.4.3).
Currently, San Marino University, although small, is very active, vibrant and constantly developing in terms of participation and is making many efforts to achieve the important goal of constantly improving its quality and acquiring an international dimension. One of its objectives is to prepare the future generations to exercise an active and democratic citizenship, in line with the main European Education Policies, both of the Council of Europe and of the European Union. Joining the Bologna Process is for San Marino the sine qua non condition to improve the quality of its higher education system and to take part in the construction of a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable society, by getting fully involved, together with the other European countries, in the building of a European area of higher education.
In 2012 San Marino will submit a formal application for accession to the Bologna Process. This will be a further step forward for the San Marino University, which entails the achievement of two important objectives: an increased quality of its offer and the acquisition of an increasingly international dimension, by fully participating, together with other European countries, in the creation of the European Higher Education Area. This was announced to the press by the Minister of Education and Culture, University and Youth Policies, who has entrusted an ad hoc Working Group with the task of preparing the national report by June 2011. This report will accompany the formal application for accession. During the second half of 2011, the relevant assessments will be made, followed in 2012 by the ratification of the Commission.