THE STUDENT VOICE
The Monthly Newsletter of the European Students' Union
October 2010
 Issue 28
ESU hosts seminar on "Quality assurance - the ultimate tool?"
Recognition is still a mess and a major obstacle for mobility, says Allan Päll, Vice-Chairperson and responsible for quality assurance in ESU.

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EU Council of Ministers to discuss Youth on the Move
Youth on the MoveRead ESU's input to the ministers' debate on mobility for young learners here.
Education cuts will leave next generation "on its own"

Thousands of students will protest in London on November 10.  The UK government has proposed that the university teaching budget be cut, and suggests that students compensate for the cuts themselves by paying higher tuition fees.


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ESU criticises superficial definitions of excellence

Global university rankings do not help you find the definition of excellence in higher education, ESU Chairperson Bert Vandenkendelaere told participants at the European University Association's annual autumn conference last week. "Rather, it's about being an institution that is able to give a high quality degree to students from all backgrounds", he said.


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ESU and EI finish student-centred learning project
Discussions between students and teachers' representatives in Leuven highlighted the diversity of measures needed to make education more student-centred.

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- Students contribute to democracy both during and after their studies
ESU highlighted student activists' role in promoting democratic culture at the Council of Europe's Forum for the Future of Democracy in in October.

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In This Issue
Fees don't improve competion rates
UNICA conference
Youth on the Move reaction
Student-centred learning toolkit
Upcoming ESU Events
October 31 - November 6: BM 59 and seminar, Israel

November 18-20: European Quality Assurance Forum, Lyon

February 14-17: 21st European Student Convention, Budapest
ESU in the media
UWN: Students face 'sad and new' reality

Veto: Hypocricy of the "representatives" (p.12, in Dutch)

Veto: The hypocricy of the opinion piece (in Dutch)
HE News in Brief
UWN: OECD: Higher education conference attacks rankings

Euractiv: China's 2020 policy trumps EU plan, says innovation guru

UWN: Students shun expensive library services
Interesting bits from elsewhere
Read about the upcoming EQUNET/CEPS Symposion on Equity in higher education here

European universities are responding to budget cuts by sharpening, says a report from the European University Associaton's annual conference
European Students' Union
www.esu-online.org

For more information contact:
Olav Øye: [email protected]
Allan Päll: [email protected]

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