BUDAPEST – The 64th Board Meeting of the European Students´ Union (ESU) will be taking place next month, from 26 to 28 April, in Budapest, Hungary. A revision of ESU’s policy will be at the top of the agenda, but the process was kicked off last autumn when participants discussed and approved a policy paper on the social dimension of higher education.
In order to finalise that process, policies on the quality of higher education, financing and governance of higher education and the internationalisation and mobility of higher education will be discussed and debated. Additionally, an overarching policy paper on the purpose of higher education will be decided upon.
Furthermore, a new Executive Committee will be elected, including a Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons to be based in Brussels to take care of the daily tasks of the organisation. Twelve candidates have currently announced that they will run for the Executive Committee which comprises of ten places.
A training on graduates’ employability will take place from 24 to 25 of April serving as a bridge to the ongoing debates on policies happening at the board meeting itself. The training will focus on ESU’s project on Student Advancement of Graduates’ Employability (SAGE), highlighting the meaning of graduates’ employability and the different discussions that are ongoing in relation to the theme. The topic will be discussed and debated from multiple perspectives, exploring the ongoing initiatives and trends ranging from the European level to the institutional, analysing their impact and building capacity for further work on the subject.
The SAGE training will address problems such as youth unemployment that have been at the forefront of the political debate in Europe. That crisis requires urgent and concrete actions as unemployment rates range from nine to almost sixty per cent in some Member States of the European Union.
“We need to reverse the thought that higher education is the scapegoat for the unemployment of graduates. Student leaders in Europe need to tackle these pressing questions. In April, we will debate and critically assess the different justifications and initiatives that have been introduced and used as excuses to reform higher education, which often touch upon the discussions concerned with the employability of students and recent graduates,” says Taina Moisander, Vice-Chairperson of ESU.
For more information about the SAGE training, please contact Taina Moisander, ESU’s Vice-Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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