Tonia Bieber

Tonia Bieber

Ms. Tonia Bieber is a research fellow at DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 597 “Transformations of the State” at the University of Bremen, and a PhD candidate at the Bremen International School of Social Sciences promoted by the German Excellence Initiative. Ms. Bieber holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Konstanz.

Her areas of expertise include international organizations such as the EU and the OECD, education governance, European integration, and policy convergence. She has published on recent reforms in education policies, with a special regard to internationalization processes in Switzerland and the United States. Within the framework of the project C4 “International Education Politics” of the Collaborative Research Center, she has consulted the Office of the Federal President and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on current  education policy issues.

In her PhD thesis, she focuses on the domestic impact of international initiatives such as the PISA Study, the Bologna Process, and the Copenhagen Process on policy convergence in secondary education, higher education, and vocational education and training.

During her DAAD/AICGS Fellowship from September to November 2011, Ms. Bieber worked on a project about public policy reforms in higher education in order to compare the impact of the Bologna process on the U.S. and Germany. She examined in how far the European Bologna process has resulted in transatlantic convergence of higher education policies. In particular, the project addressed the question: “On which policies of the Bologna process are the U.S. and Germany converging, and which role do transatlantic cooperation and exchange in higher education governance play for international economic competitiveness?”

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Building a Bridge over the Atlantic? The Impact of the Bologna Process on German and U.S. Higher Education

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Driven by the Bologna Process, European higher education has undergone substantial changes in the past ten years. DAAD/AICGS Fellow Tonia Bieber discusses the changes from the Bologna Process and whether the reforms will have an influence on American higher education.