THE STUDENT VOICE
The Monthly Newsletter of the European Students' Union
April 2010
 Issue 23
ESU to tackle future of higher education financing at seminar preceding Board Meeting 58
Logo BM 58More than 120 student representatives are gathering in Madrid from May 3-8. The BM seminar will address the challenges for the future financing of higher education, and the attention to the Social Dimension in possible systems of funding.

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Time for Student-Centred Learning - kick off conference
The European Students' Union (ESU) and Education T4SCLInternational (EI) will soon host the launching event of the project Time for a New Paradigm in Education: Student-Centred Learning.

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Finnish students demonstrate to keep education tuition-free

Photo by Markku Seppanen
Finnish student  demonstration
Around 2000 students took part in a demonstration organised by The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) and the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK) on April 21.




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ESU nominates Iranian activist for Student Peace Prize
Bahareh Hedayat"Bahare Hedayat's extraordinary courage and her persistent defense of students' right to freedom of speech and expression are the reasons we are nominating her for the Student Peace Prize 2011", says Ligia Deca, Chairperson of the European Students' Union.

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Norwegian students found new national union

From July 1, 2010, Norwegian students will be united in one student organization. The two current national student unions have now officially founded the new organisation, which is a result of a merger between the Norwegian Association of Students (StL) and the National Union of Students in Norway (NSU).

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Concerns about funding cuts bring students and teachers together

The European Students' Union and Education International have signed an agreement, and will work together against tuition fees and increased trade in educational services.

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In This Issue
BM 58 and seminar
Student-centred learning
Finnish demonstration
Student Peace Prize
New national student union
Student-teacher cooperation
Upcoming ESU Events
May 3-8: Board Meeting 58 and seminar, Madrid

May 20-23: Student centered learning project conference, Bucharest

July 5-10: Quality Assurance Student Expert Pool Study Session, Strasbourg

November 19-21: European Quality Assurance Forum, Lyon
HE News in Brief
Europe's education crisis

Labour revolt over tuition fees

Obama Signs Overhaul of Student Loan Program

Bulgaria: Urgent need for education reform

Canada: Tuition fees discriminatory say students
Interesting bits from elsewhere
The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) will organise the conference "Joint Programmes: Too many cooks in the kitchen?" Problems and solutions associated with the accreditation, recognition, and transparency of joint programmes will be dealt with. (June 10-11, Graz, Austria.)

For a Budapest/Vienna ministerial conference overview, see this Bologna Secretariat web page.
European Students' Union
www.esu-online.org

For more information contact:
Olav ye: olav@esu-online.org
Allan Pll: allan@esu-online.org

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