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Winner announced: ESU campaign on international cooperation in student rights

April 20, 2016

Our campaign on the topic of international cooperation in student rights has come to an end. Students from across the word completed a short survey on ESU and student rights and wrote essays.

We are glad to announce the winner – Muhammad Arkandiptyo and Indonesian student living in Belgium. He describes himself as an international business-economics student at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “passionate and active in youth involvement for intercultural understanding”.

We invite you to read his views on the 3 main questions put forward by ESU.

How can Europe’s educational systems better prepare students for a globalized world?

A globalized world comes with the challenges of not only clash of cultures, but its fast-paced information and innovation-based competition. While European education is known for its exchanges, it is not leading in terms of practical, case-based learning. This is even worse when seeing the academic-side (Gymnazium, University) of the system instead of practical-side like Polytechnics. Therefore a system with more experiential learning based on up-to-date issues and technologies will be key to prepare for a better mobility in this global era – to also catch-up with Bologna goals of 20% student mobility by 2020.

How can students better cooperate to tackle issues such as unequal access to education and other student rights?

To better cooperate means to both listen and speak out more. Here we must seek to enlarge our bowl of involvement; where usually student organizations are dominated by a certain demographic of the area, e.g. only students from the city, or only international students – these barriers should end. Student organizations should seek to also include and engage those who usually have less opportunities, and be more diverse. From there we can start the dialogue; identifying and helping those who are personally faced by these issues of unequal access.

How can violations of student rights be brought to an end?

The key to end student rights violation is to better interact with Universities. Except for student-researchers, university-student interaction is on an all time low today. Most students interact with the institution only for administrative and facilities, which at the other end also makes the universities not knowing what the students really aspire. Hence we should aim to build a more interactive communication between universities and its students. It is when student feedbacks are sure to be weighed in on decisions, and where universities also seek the unique hidden potentials each student have.

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