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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 4 (2005) pp 317-319

New General Trends in University (Including First-Year Chemistry) Education in Europe

Gabriel Pinto

ETS de Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,

Published online: 6 July 2005

Abstract. Two vital initiatives, the Bologna Declaration and the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), are fundamentally changing the nature of education across Europe. The overall goals of these changes are to implement a unified system of transferring credits and grades at universities across the continent by the year 2010. In this paper, I discuss these initiatives, as well as their impacts on the first-year chemistry curriculum in Europe. Implications for the first-year chemistry curriculum beyond the continent as a result of the sea changes in educational systems are discussed.

Key Words: Of Special Interest; first-year chemistry; general chemistry; introductory chemistry; undergraduate; chemistry education; ICUC

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Issue date: August 1, 2005

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