The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

March 2011

 Issue 33  

ESU mulls over financial future of students 

TALLINN - Financing of higher education is the main topic of the ESU seminar, organised in the wake of Board Meeting 60 of the European Students' Union (ESU), taking place from 2 to 4 May in Tallinn. Universities all over Europe contemplate or have already set higher tuition fees, mainly as a result of decreasing government subsidies. ESU will address the question on how this development should be tackled as an increase in tuition fees and study costs is causing problems in terms of accessibility of higher education. Read more

"First EU-China bridge of friendship blocked"

BEIJING - The European Students' Union (ESU) participated in the opening ceremony of the EU-China Year of Youth, from 21 to 28 February, which formally opened the EU-China Year of Youth and which aims to 'build bridges of friendship' between youth organisations from China and the EU. However, internet restrictions in China on social media and other website pages made and will make it difficult to actually do this. Read more

Romanian students defend students participation 

BUCHAREST - A new piece of legislation on Higher Education has recently come into effect in Romania. While students are said to be government partners in this law, they face curtailments of legal guarantees of participation in higher education institutions governance. Romanian students protested against these new developments several times in March. Read more

ESU slams slow progress of Bologna Process 

GODOLLO - The Bologna Follow Up Group, which met on 17-18 March in Godollo in Hungary, failed to re-vamp the Bologna Process which overall aim is to harmonise the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Bert Vandenkendelaere, Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) said: "Although progress in implementing the Bologna reforms continues to be slow, the meeting showed little appetite for proposing concrete initiatives which could lead to a change in this lingering situation." Read more
ESU is disappointed by persisting gender pay gap
BRUSSELS - National Equal Pay Day in Belgium, taking place on 25 March, highlights the fact that women still earn - on average in Europe - 17.5% less than men for the same work. European Students Union's (ESU) Chairperson Bert Vandenkendelaere said: "It is time for government leaders to realise we do not live in the middle ages anymore and address this problem properly." Read more

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Job vacancy: ESU searches a development officer 

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is looking to reinforce its team with a Development Officer (DO) at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. For the detailed job description, please click here. Deadline is 31 March 2011, so be quick!
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ESU mulls over financial future of students
"First EU-China bridge of friendship blocked"
Romanian students defend students participation
ESU slams slow progress Bologna Process
ESU is disappointed by persisting gender pay gap
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Job vacancy: ESU searches a development officer
ESU in the media


Europolitics: Ministers plan to align plans to EU2020 Strategy 


Education News in Brief
University World News: Evaluation reveals main beneficiaries of FP7

The Guardian: Wikipedia wants more contributions from academics

University World News: German industry complains of skills shortage

The Guardian: "History has never been so unpopular"

Upcoming ESU Events 

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

Other education event

Belgrade, 5 April 2011 - SUS conference -"Implementation of Students' Centered Learning-proaction, reaction, ACTION!".


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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