From 7th to 12th of May over 100 delegates from 47 national unions of students gathered in Yerevan, Armenia for the 68th Board Meeting and the Seminar on the Future of The Bologna Process. The event was organised by ANSA and ESU.
The topic of the seminar was chosen in the foresight to the Ministerial Conference of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) also held in Yerevan a couple of days later. With the release of the “Bologna With Students’ Eyes 2015” publication, student representatives discussed the main findings and participated in a role-play simulating the work of the Bologna Follow Up Group.
The upcoming EHEA Ministerial Conference and the Communique were also one of the main points of the discussion for the 68th Board Meeting. ESU adopted a statement on the EHEA Ministerial Conference underlining the importance of national responsibilities in consolidating Bologna reforms, while also stressing the need to prioritise the Social Dimension and Student Centred Learning.
Also during the Board Meeting, a new Human Rights Strategy was adopted, focusing on the state of students’ rights and cooperation. International cooperation during the next year will be strengthened by the restored International Cooperation Working Group that will be led by CREUP, National Union of Students in Spain.
As in every Board Meeting held in Spring, the new Leadership of ESU was elected. The new team will begin its mandate on 1st of July. Alongside, student representatives were productive in adopting 15 different resolutions on various topical issues on national and international level.
The Board Meeting is the highest governing body of ESU, where all the 47 member unions are represented. These meetings are organised every half a year in order to shape ESU’s policies and work. The Board agrees among else on its plan of work, statements, external motions and policy documents. More importantly, it elects eight to ten members of the Executive Committee to take care of ESU’s daily work and to implement the agreed decisions and policies. Each country is given the value of two votes at these meetings.