We believe in the public responsibility of education, equal access to higher education for all members of society and the right of students to participation in the governance of their institutions. We support the rights of students to speak, debate, and protest for their own beliefs, rights, and ambitions, and the existence of a high quality public option education for all. These rights have been denied to students in Chile. We call for the immediate reinstatement of these rights.
Democratic values’ control in Belarus has been a great concern for its citizens and international community for a long time now. Numerous situations of violation of human rights have been spotted. By following the situation and being close to students in Belarus, European Students` Union sees that students have not been an exception, as expulsions for political reasons and pressure on students have been seen throughout years. Lack of democratic values is significantly affecting not only the a
ESU would like to express its support to the Israeli students and National Union of Israeli Students in their fight against austerity measures in Israel. In the ongoing economic crisis, governments have too many times cut the funding from areas where the weakest in society need it the most - including students.
In recent weeks POFEN, the representative body of Cypriot students, has requested participation in the dialogue regarding discussion on austerity measures in Cyprus. POFEN is deeply concerned that in the effort to cut deficit, many rights of students’ and youth and their essential interests will be negatively affected in the process.
The National Unions of Students welcome the intensification of cooperation between European governments on the level of higher education. We think that the "Europe of Knowledge", the development of the cultural dimension are indeed a priority in order to build a common Europe shared by the people.
European students’ union (ESU) welcomes the findings of the EURYDICE report that Social Dimension of higher education needs urgent attention. Countries need to make increased investments into widening access and student success in higher education, in order to progress towards the 40% attainment benchmark for 2020.
ESU's reaction to the European Commission's agenda for Modernisation of Europe's higher education systems.
STATEMENT ON THE MODERNISATION AGENDA - Renew the priorities to meet the greatest challenges in higher education. The European Students’ Union (ESU) supports the strong role given to higher education in realising the Europe 2020 Strategy and the vital importance of education in European societies. ESU thus expecting stronger ambitions and refocusing on the greatest challenges European Higher Education will face in the next decade when trying to widen access for diversity of learners. Thus we cal
In 1997, political dissidents in Belarus came together and published a call for freedom, democracy and human rights, for all citizens of the country. The manifesto has come to be known as “Charter ’97.”
The Bologna Declaration of 1999 has underlined the importance of mobility for building the European Higher Education Area and has considered the promotion of mobility as one of key objectives. It also stressed the need of overcoming obstacles to the effective exercise of free movement, with particular attention to access to study and training opportunities. In later communiqués, ministers repeatedly stressed that the mobility of students as well as academic and administrative staff is the basis
ESU welcomes the Commission proposal for a new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 and sees the increase made in investments in education as a good initiative. Despite there is a certain progress reflected in the proposals, ESU fears that the overall investment level into higher education is not proportional. If the EU wants to succeed with the Europe 2020 strategy, a clear and radical re-allocation of EU funds towards these benchmarks is needed.
The European Students’ Union takes a careful note regarding the European Commission’s proposal on setting a European Loan Guarantee Facility for Master students in the frame of “Erasmus for All” programme (2014-2020). We acknowledge the efforts of the European Comission to come up with new ideas to fill the gap for funding degree mobility. However, we believe that establishing such a mechanism in times of the current economic uncertainty will bring more damage to young people instead of increase
The European Students’ Union calls for keeping Quality Assurance as a priority within the Bologna Process. Quality Assurance should be flexible enough and aim at enhancement of quality of higher education in the context of the changes and challenges that higher education in Europe has to face. ESU thinks that it is vital that quality assurance enjoys ownership of all internal and external higher education stakeholders including higher education institutional governance, academic and administrati