BRATISLAVA - Representatives of national unions of students from all over Europe and other stakeholders in higher education will gather in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 28 April to 1 May for a seminar on the so-called CoSMiCE project.
CoSMiCE, or Challenges of Student Mobility in a Cosmopolitan Europe, is a twelve month long research project, coordinated by the Austrian (ÖH) and Slovak (SRVS) national unions of students. This project analyses the current situation in Europe in terms of student mobility and to what degree student are mobile, by examining already existing models for mobility in different European regions, focusing especially on asymmetrical developments in higher education.
Critical input from students
It is expected that CoSMiCE will raise awareness about the challenges and problems in relation to student mobility and identify cases where such shortcomings between or within regions have been rectified. This data will eventually support the idea of establishing an equitable European Higher Education Area.
It is also hoped that CoSMiCE will have a positive impact on the quality of higher education by fostering a more evidence based input from students about mobility policies in Europe, taking into account that most decision-making bodies at the institutional and national level have students' representatives on board. The project will furthermore promote equity and social cohesion within the European Higher Education Area by providing a critical input from the students' perspectives and displaying the impact of certain mobility practices on students and public perception.
This research process will be presented at this seminar and developed further by taking in suggestions from participants. The results will then be compiled in a project compendium that will be published following the seminar and disseminated at universities, university conferences and to government officials in Europe.
The participants will proceed directly to Vienna, Austria, after the seminar has ended where they will continue their discussions at the 66th Board Meeting of the European Students' Union (ESU), which acts as the highest governing body of the organisation.
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