The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

April 2011

 Issue 34   

"Many obstacles still in the way of education mobility"
BRUSSELS - The promotion of mobility of students, teachers and other staff in higher education in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has been a central focus of the Bologna Process since its launch. However, still too many challenges and obstacles remain in the way of implementing political commitments and making mobility an opportunity for all. The European Students' Union (ESU) has helped to draft a strategy paper to overcome these barriers. Read more
European students deliver joint statement on future EU education

BRUSSELS - National unions of students (NUSes) from all around Europe will participate in a Joint Action, which kicks off on 27 April, with the aim to influence the upcoming European Commission communication 'Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education 2011". This EC communication, due in the autumn of 2011, will set out the main guidelines for the next decade of European higher education and is therefore an essential document for the students. Read more 

European higher education in need of transparency
BRUSSELS - One of the most pressing matters in the higher education field is the drive for transparency. This relates to providing comparative information about higher education institutions and programmes to a variety of users. Naturally, students are among the biggest groups of potential beneficiaries, but it seems that also governments, policy makers, employers and higher education institutions themselves seem to be lacking comparative and trustworthy data on the entire European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Read more
Financial future of European students in limelight
TALLINN - During the 60th Board Meeting of the European Students' Union (ESU), students from all over Europe will debate the financial prospects of higher education, from 2 to 7 May in Tallinn. As budget cuts in higher education are taking place all over Europe, endangering the accessibility of universities, this topic is high on the agenda of the students. Read more
EU member states fail to reach education targets
BRUSSELS - Only one out of five education benchmarks which were set for 2010 were achieved by the EU member states. This says the progress report (1) from the European Commission on education and training, released on 19 April. Bert Vandenkendelaere, Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) said: "Although we can clearly see a rise in education levels in Europe, a lot still needs to be done in order to reach the EU 2020 education targets and prevent another EU strategy from failing." Read more
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This Month
"Many obstacles still in the way of education mobility"
European students deliver joint statement
European higher education in need of transparancy
Financial future of European students in limelight
EU member states fail to reach education targets
ESU in the Media
Parliament Magazine: Knowledge is power - Interview with ESU's Chairperson, pg 43


Europolitics, NGO's call for simplification of lifelong learning funding 


Danish University Post: Danish education minister receives a ha


Radio Zamaneh: "ESU calls for release Irianian student activist"   

Education News in Brief

The Guardian: Rise in university applications slows amid fear about degree costs 


University World News: Reverse brain drain in US takes off 


The Economist: Higher Education, is it really the next bubble? 


University World News: Fees and unemployment make mobility attractive in UK  


Times Higher Education: Grandes ecoles, grand designs: France told to think global 


The Telegraph: Universities 'recruiting more foreign students' 

Upcoming ESU Events 

May 2-7- Board Meeting 60, Tallinn, Estonia 

Other education event

Oslo, 27-29 June 2011, CoE conference 'Reimagining democratic societies' 

  The European Students' Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students from 38 countries. ESU represents and advocates the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level: European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO and the Bologna Follow Up Group.


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