The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

June 2011

 Issue 36


Vandenkendelaere: "The biggest problem is that education is being seen as a tradable good"

INTERVIEW - Bert Vandenkendelaere, who has been the Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) since 2010, is handling over the helm of ESU to Allan Päll on 1 July. He thinks that in the past years ESU has grown a lot. Not necessarily in membership, but in professionalism and reputation. Read more 

Päll and his team are ready to get to work

PRAGUE -The ancient capital of the Czech Republic has formed the background of the handover between the old and newly elected representatives of the European Students' Union (ESU) from 23 to 26 June. During the event various trainings have been given on the political context where ESU is functioning in: the developments in the Bologna Process, the European Union's 2020 strategy and the global tendencies in higher education. Read more and check out the pictures of the handover on our Facebook page.

Possible cooperation looming between ESU and NUS-Russia

SINT PETERSBURG - The final conference of the Erasmus Mundus WISHES project took place in Sint Petersburg (Russia) on 17 and 18 May. The conference served as a platform for international officers of higher education institutions out of 10 different countries to network and gain more insight in the Russian higher education system. The European Students' Union (ESU) also met with the National Union of Students from Russia to discuss future cooperation. Read more  

ESU agrees with EUA on shallowness of university rankings

BRUSSELS - The European Students Union (ESU) is pleased to see that the first review of major international university rankings from the European University Association (EUA), published on 17 June in Brussels, finally confirms what university rankings really are: shallow and useless. Read More

SiS - Catalyst project wants access to education for all 

AMSTERDAM -  Widening of access to education was the main topic of the second major SIS-Catalyst project meeting on 17 and 18 June in Amsterdam. In particular the inclusion of children from social disadvantaged families was debated during the meeting. The European Students' Union (ESU) participates in this project as it thinks that no group in society should be left out of education.  Read more 

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Interview Bert Vandenkendelaere
Päll and his team are ready to get to work
Possible cooperation looming between ESU and NUS-Russia
ESU agrees with EUA on shallowness of university rankings
SiS - Catalyst project wants access to education for all

ESU in the media 

Times Higher Education: "The more, the merrier"  


Euractiv: "New EU university rankings to challenge global league" 

Upcoming ESU Events

13-16 July - QUEST QA Pool Workshop, Edingburgh, Scotland


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


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

Other education events -relevant links 

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


Antwerp, 17-19 Nov 2011 - Call for contributions Sixth European Quality Assurance Forum       

  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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