The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

August 2011

 Issue 37


ESC22 to set future vision of ESU

LAZY - The 22nd edition of the European Students' Convention aims to define in which direction the European Students' Union (ESU) should be heading in the next few years. The event, taking place from 30 August to 3 September in Lazy, at the Polish riviera, will consult the delegates of the member unions on their views on the future of ESU. The Polish minister for Higher Education, Barbara Kudrycka, will furthermore pay a visit to the event and answer questions from the students' representatives. Read more  

Kurdistan: Rapid expansion has led to shortage of university places

ARBIL -  An ESU delegation consisiting out of four people visited the Kurdistan Region in Iraq from 20 to 23 of August to meet with the Kurdistan Student Union (KSU) and learn about the situation of students and higher education in the region. Higher education has expanded majorly in this region in the last decades, which has led to a massive shortage of places at universities, leaving 7000 people waiting to enter university. Read more 

ESU expresses its support to Chilean students' protests
BRUSSELS  - The European Students' Union (ESU), the umbrella organisation for 45 national unions of students in 38 European countries, expresses its support for the struggle of the Chilean students for reforms of their national education funding model. Allan Päll, ESU Chairperson said: "Education is a public good and every student has a right to open and free access to quality higher education." Read more
"No coherent mechanism to identify student view on quality assurance"

EDINBURGH - Up until now there is no coherent mechanism at European level that identifies the student perception of quality assurance in higher education. With that in mind, intensive discussions and training exercises were carried out in the field of quality assurance (QA) in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by more than 30 students from all over Europe, at the occasion of the first QUEST Workshop from 13-16 July in Edinburgh. Read more  

FINST project makes steady progress

LONDON - ESU's project on 'Financing the Students' Future' (FinSt) - a hot topic in the world of higher education - is moving ahead rapidly. Members of the Project Team and Research Team met in London for the second Management Meeting of the project on 8-9 August. Although a lot of work still needs to be done, progress has been made on a number of aspects of the project and its outcomes. Read more

ESU: "BFUG mobility strategy still lacks clear emphasis"  

BERLIN - The Bologna Follow Up Group on Mobility met on 24 August in Berlin to finalise the draft proposal of mobility strategy that will be adopted by ministers at the BFUG ministerial conference in 2012 in Bucharest. The European Students' Union (ESU) welcomes the extensive and comprehensive strategy proposal that the draft paper of the BFUG brings to the debates on future development of student mobility in Europe. However, ESU acknowledges the paper still lacks clear emphasis on the purpose and the importance of mobility in particular. Read more
ESU: "Radical re-allocation of EU funds is needed"
BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) fears that the recently proposed EU long-term budget (2014-2020) will be insufficient to cover for the expectations raised by the EU member states in their Europe 2020 Strategy. Allan Päll, ESU Chairperson said: "Although there is certain progress reflected in the proposals, the overall investment level into higher education is not proportional." Article and full reaction can be read here.
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This Month
ESC22 to set future vision ESU
Kurdistan: Rapid expansion has led to shortage of university places
ESU expresses its support to Chilean students' protests
"No coherent mechanism to identify student view"
FINST project makes steady progress
ESU: "BFUG mobility strategy still lacks clear emphasis"
ESU: "Radical re-allocation of EU funds is needed"

ESU in the media 

University World News. "Time for higher education investment is now"  - interview with Bert Vandenkendelaere, former ESU Chairperson.

University World News. "Access and quality are not mutually exclusive." - contribution from Allan PÃll, ESU Chairperson.

European Voice. "A failure to measure up"   


Interview with Allan Pall, on MAP-ESG (in Danish) 

Interesting bits in the media 

BBC - "University clearing places fill faster than last year"


The Guardian: "Parents of the past paid hefty tuition fees:"   


University World News. Germany: foreign students value good security 

Upcoming ESU Events

30 Aug- 2 September - European Students' Convention 22 - Lazy, Poland


7-13 Nov - ESU Board Meeting 61, Sofia, Bulgaria


24-27 Nov - Consultations Seminar FINST, Liverpool, UK 


Other education events -relevant links 

Antwerp,  Belgium, 17-19 Nov 2011 - Sixth European Quality Assurance Forum  


Berlin, Germany, 25-26 October 2011 - Bologna-Seminar “New Perspectives for Master Study Programmes in Europe." 

Youth Policy Watch (YPW), a bi-weekly bulletin which provides the latest news in relation to youth and youth policy.


  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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