ESU is a collaborative organisation working with a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organisations in Europe and beyond. On this page, you will find information and links to the main partners of ESU.
ESU has a strong relationship with the European Commission and receives long-term project funding as well as an administrative grant to fund the core functions of the organisation. In 2011 and 2012, ESU has worked with the Commission on the following projects: Financing the Students’ Future (FINST), Quest for Quality for Students (QUEST) and the SAGE project (Students' Advancement of Graduates Employability) on young graduates employability.
Bologna Follow Up Group
ESU is an active member of the Bologna Follow Up Group which is charged with monitoring and guiding the implementation of the Bologna Process across 47 European countries.
Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (CoE), based in Strasbourg, is both one of ESU’s funders and a regular project partner. The CoE is one of the oldest international organisations working towards European integration, having been founded in 1949. It has a particular emphasis on legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It has 47 member states with some 800 million citizens. It is distinct from the European Union (EU) which has common policies, binding laws and only twenty-seven members. The two do however share certain symbols such as their flag.
ESU’s other key partner is Education International, a global union federation of teachers' trade unions. Currently, it has 401 member organizations in 172 countries and territories, representing over 30 million education personnel from pre-school to university. This makes it the world's largest sectorial global union federation.
Much of ESU’s external work is conducted through an alliance of higher education organisations. This alliance, known as the ‘E4 group’, consists of the European University Association (EUA), the European Network for Quality Assurance (ENQA) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE). It works on a regular basis together on issues of mutual interests and concern and is considered a highly influential and well-respected partner in European higher education. In addition to our work with them in the E4 group, ESU and EUA have a strong bilateral partnership and cooperate on a number of projects including institutional relations and evaluation programmes.
European Youth Forum
ESU is a member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and contributes to its work on education policy at the European level.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO;) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established on 16 November 1945. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace security by promoting international collaboration through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter. ESU and UNESCO closely collaborate primarily on a greater global student dialogue, and secondly in fighting against disreputable higher education providers and ensuring full implementation of the joint OECD-UNESCO guidelines for quality provision in transnational higher education.
Debating Europe is a successful innovative online platform launched by the Friends of Europe and Europe’s World, in partnership with the European Parliament, Microsoft Europe, and Gallup. It puts citizens’ ideas and suggestions on vital issues shaping our future directly to policymakers and influential thinkers to either support or criticise. Join the debate at www.debatingeurope.eu.
The EU Studies Fair
The EU Studies Fair is an education fair and networking event bringing together universities and academic institutions from Europe and the US offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in EU studies and international relations, business and law. About 700 prospective students and young professionals who have a direct interest in further study and careers in these fields will attend the event.
You can find more information at www.eustudiesfair.com.