Since 2000, ESU has been engaged in activities the European Commission undertook in the field of higher education under the header of the Lisbon Strategy. ESU has participated in the consultation process on the ‘Role of Universities in the Europe of Knowledge’, in several working groups followed up by the “Wim Kok midterm review”, in the consultation sessions on the European Institute of Technology and more recently in EU presidency events discussing the main communications to the Parliament and Council.
In Hampton Court, the Lisbon Strategy gained an increased momentum on reform, touching the systems we study in. The 11th European Student Convention in Vienna, March, 2006 launched a call to ministers for ESU to become a full partner in the European Union’s Education and Training 2010 work programme. Since action speaks louder than words, ESU filed an application for a project called ‘Lisbon and Students’ in April 2006, which was approved the following August.
In summary, the project aimed to:
The project thus comprised the following actions:
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