European Students' Convention 23

European Students' Convention 23

Sat 17 Mar 2012 09:00 - Tue 20 Mar 2012 17:00

Copenhagen, Denmark

23rd European Student Convention -

"Getting Young Europe Out of the Crisis: eyes on higher education and employability of graduates"

FULL REPORT of the event can be read here: /asset/Event/6001/DSF-kongresfolder_Torsdag11.pdf



17-20th March 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark

Agenda: /asset/Event/6001/120222ESC23-Agenda.doc

About the event:

The financial crisis has turned into a prolonged recession in a number of countries. Austerity has become a byword for government. Impact on long term planning has been devastating. Education budgets are cut or transformed into loan facilities. Many don’t even dare to think ahead more than a year, or a few months. Young people struggle to find meaningful employment.

It might seem like the situation is going from bad to worse. But on the other hand, this also presents an opportunity for a rethink. We are not in this situation because our governments spent too much public money on education. Solutions are ours to propose. This is what the 23rd European Student Convention is about.

Registration for the event:

Please register for the event here (if you have any troubles viewing this page, please let organisers know). 



17th March (Saturday) – arrival day


13.00 – 16.00 Optional tour to Christiania (registration apply, if you wish to attend the tour and haven’t specified so at the registration sheet, please send a mail to

14.00 – 17.30 Registration to the ESC23 (at the Generator Hostel)



University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law


17.30 – 18.00 Official opening


  • Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector of the Copenhagen University
  • Allan Päll, Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • Torben Holm, Chairperson of Danske Studerendes Fællesråd (DSF)


18.00 – 19.00 Light dinner


19.00 – 19.10 Welcome speech by Morten Østergaard

Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education


19.10 – 20.30 Opening panel (I) Higher education captured by economy


We are in Denmark. It is a country hailed for its flexicurity model and excellent education system all across the board and the sectors. Denmark seems to also fare well in the current turbulent winds. But it is time to get a glimpse of what do Danish representatives think of higher education and its missions, especially in education, where people’s lives are changed. Economy, these days, seems to dominate the political agenda and we ask our Danish colleagues whether they think higher education has fallen victim to it.


  • Emilie Turunen, MEP
  • Mathias Askholm, Youth Secretary at HK/Danmark
  • Magnus Balslev Jensen, Consultant at DEA
  • Jesper Jespersen, Professor at Roskilde University
  • Mogens Ove Madsen, Associate Professor at Aalborg University


Moderator: Chrstian Madsen,


The Students’ House


21:00 – 00:00 Social activities and getting to know each other


Breaking the ice is surely the prescription for a successful Convention. Social games and activities will be organised for the evening and presence is thus mandatory.



18th March (Sunday)


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law


09:30 – 10:00 Presentation of the Agenda of the ESC23, raising key discussion points, update on practicalities


10:00 – 10:30 Presentation of Student Advancement of Graduate Employability (SAGE) project


Presentation of the project, ESU is running currently on the European level and reflections of the role of students in setting policy in higher education in relation to employability.


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 – 12:30 Panel (II) A glimpse at the potential of higher education: going beyond skills


Higher education is more seen as a universal problem solver in which it is seen both, as an immediate, but also long term solution for societal and economic development. The issue quickly presents itself: what do we know about tomorrow and about next decades? Which skills and competences will drive prosperity and how higher education policy should enable this?


  • Deborah Roseveare, Head of the Education and Training Policy Division in the Directorate for Education, OCED


12:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Parallel workshops – proposing recommendations


First set of workshops will aim to put forward ideas and solutions that would be put forward in the declaration on “Getting Young Europe Out of the Crisis”. We will aim to come up with ten key recommendations looking from the perspective of building a sustainable link between higher education and one of its missions of employability.


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break


16:30 – 17:30 Presentation of the Bologna with Students’ Eyes by Magnus Malnes and Mari Simola (ESU Academic Affairs committee)


17:30 – 19:00 Panel (III) European Higher Education Area of (UN)Employability?


One of the key motivators in the Bologna Process in terms of putting in place a new study structure has been student mobility and enhanced employability of the first cycle degree. But it seems Bachelor is not receiving a warm welcome everywhere. The learning outcomes approach that many cherish to lead towards more competent graduates is also only taking ground, while the Diploma Supplement, a key tool in making higher education understandable to the employers, is at best known by university administrators. What’s up Bologna? Time to wake up?


Keynote: Tino Bargel, Researcher at University of Constance 


  • Lesley Wilson, Secretary General at European University Association
  • Germain Dondeliger, Ministry of Education, Luxemburg
  • Stephan Delplace, Secretary General at EURASHE


Chair: Vanja Ivosevic, ESU Alumni


20:00 – 22:00 Dinner


19th March (Monday)


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law


09:30 – 11:00 Presentation and working groups on Erasmus for all lobby strategy (ESU statement on the “Erasmus for all” legislative proposal to be disseminated to the participants in advance)


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break


11:30 – 13:00 Parallel workshops – finalising recommendations


During the second set of the workshops, participants are supposed to get deeper in the topic of their workshop, with an idea to present concrete recommendations to the decision-makers on the national and European level (respective to the topic discussed) how to improve the situation with graduates’ employability.


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch (visual presentation of the recommendations)


14:30 – 16:00 Gender session


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break


16:30 – 18:00 Closing session:


  • Presentation of the Copenhagen declaration, based on the outcomes of the parallel workshops and discussions at the ESC23
  • Feedback from the stakeholders, participants
  • Closing remarks


20:00 – 23:00 Joint evening activity with the BFUG members