The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

February 2011

 Issue 31 

ESU: "Students should not suffer from financial problems universities"

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is deeply concerned about the fact that students are the biggest supplement to public funds as an alternative source of funding. According to ESU, it should not be students that ensure the financial sustainability of universities. In reaction to a report of the European University Association (EUA) on the financial sustainability of Europe's universities, launched on 22 February in Brussels ESU's Chairperson, Bert Vandenkendelaere, said: "Students should not be the ones to pay for the long-term financial sustainability of universities." Read more

ESU bracing for first consultation round EU Modernisation Agenda

BRUSSELS -  During the last month, ESU has been polishing up its recommendations for the new Communication from the European Commission on the Modernisation of Higher Education. ESU's recommendations for the first consultation round with stakeholders in European higher education, will be delivered on 15 March. Read more

EU education ministers agree on need for 'more effort' to reach EU2020 targets      

BRUSSELS - The EU Education Council agreed that 'more efforts would be needed to meet the education targets by 2020' during their meeting on 14 February in Brussels. The ministers for Education underlined as well that the national reform programmes that were presented so far are still 'provisional' and that the work was 'ongoing'. ESU's Chairperson, Bert Vandenkendelaere: "Indeed, the member states are right to admit that these targets are not the final ones." Read more

European students adopt Budapest declaration 

BUDAPEST - "Students are the main actors in higher education, and recent protests across Europe are a clear indication that students wish to maintain the role of higher education (HE) as a public good and public responsibility in order to guarantee equal access and success." This is the main message of the Budapest Declaration, adopted at the 21st European Students' Convention (ESC) on 18 February in Budapest. Read more
ESU on the frontline of creation children's universities
LIVERPOOL - The European Students' Union (ESU) will lead the development of a European framework for student interns for children universities. According to ESU's Vice-Chairperson Allan Päll: "This project is an exciting opportunity to engage students in activities with children thus tackling access to higher education issues focusing on cultural reasons at an early stage of education". Read more

ESU launches new interactive website

BUDAPEST- The European Students' Union (ESU) launched its new website in Budapest during the European Students' Convention on 18 February. This website will allow for more interactivity with ESU's 45 member unions. On the new website, there are many possibilities to discuss ongoing higher education issues and to comment on news articles. Go and check it out on

Launch of Erasmus survey from ESN 

BRUSSELS - Erasmus Student Network (ESN), one of the biggest non-profit interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, has just started a research called "Problems of Recognition In Making Erasmus"(PRIME). It is a European-wide project investigating recognition procedures in order to draw attention to ever-lasting problems and obstacles students face and to provide them with good practices and possible solutions. Read more
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This Month
"Students should not suffer from financial problems universities"
"Member states leave students out of national EU 2020 debates"
Commission launches debate on EU student loans
ESU targets lack of student involvement in quality assurance
ESU on frontline creation children's universities
ESU launches new website
ESU in the media

Times Higher Education: "Aim higher, students tell ministers"   


Europolitics: "Students feel frozen out of EU innovation strategy"    


University World News - Belarus: "Europeans press for academic freedom"


EuropeanVoice: "Keeping an eye on students" 

ESU in the media

Times Higher Education - "Presidential duress: fears for Belarusian academic freedom"


Norwegian University Newspaper (Universitas) on students in Belarus   


DanishRadio (DR3) on Budapest Declaration


Romanian news site Adevarul on student protests in the Netherlands   

Education News in Brief

Euractiv: Britain defiant on EU education goals 


University World News:  Ministry Denmark limits foreign exchange students 


Guardian: record number of young people not in education, work or training  

University World News: European universities face looming funding crisis  

Upcoming Events 

March 17 - Meeting Bologna Follow Up Group, Copenhagen, Denmark 


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

Other education events

Berlin, 14 March 2011 - Bologna-Seminar: "The European Dimension of Quality Assurance   


Madrid, 4-7 April 2011 - INQAAHE Conference on Quality Assurance: "Foundation for the Future" 


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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