The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

May 2011

 Issue 35   

Bologna Process in Turkey yet to become reality

ISTANBUL - Although significant changes have already taken place or are on their way, a lot remains to be done concerning Bologna Process reforms in Turkey. In recent years, Turkey has seen a rapid expansion of number of students and a doubling in the number of higher education institutions. This has had a big influence on the situation of the higher education system in Turkey today. The fast increase of students has also given a boost to the implementation of the Bologna Process. Read more

EP wants investments in higher education to be priority

BRUSSELS - On 12 May 2011, the European Parliament adopted its report on the Europe 2020 flagship initiative 'Youth on the Move'. Many of the additional priorities which were suggested by the European Students' Union (ESU) were adopted in the report. The report calls upon member states and the European Commission to give priority to financing of higher education, and stresses that no more cuts should be done in education budgets. Read more 

"Disciplines with less short term financial potential should not be neglected"

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) has published its response to the consultation of the European Commission's Green Paper dubbed From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding, on 27 May. The Green Paper proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. Read more

ESU's Board gives green light to 11 external motions 

TALLINN - During the 60th Board Meeting of the European Students' Union (ESU) in Tallinn, several external motions on burning issues in higher education were adopted by the representatives from national students' unions from all over Europe. The delegates furthermore criticised the slow progress of the Bologna Process in a statement adopted during the event which took place from 5 to 7 May. Read more

Students keen on renewed commitment to Bologna Process

BRUSSELS - The European Students Union (ESU), representing 45 national unions of students from 38 European countries, sees an "increasing lack of commitment to fulfilling even the simplest Bologna goals" and asks for minimum standards to be met in order to have a truly comparable and flexible education system across Europe. Read more

ESU calls for equality on day against homophobia

BRUSSELS - The International day Against Homophobia, which took place on 17 May, highlighted the fact that Europe is still divided as to accepting LGBTQ students as an integrated part of European society. The European Students' Union (ESU) thinks that efforts at making this division less obvious should be maintained or initiated where they do not yet exist as ESU strongly supports equal opportunities for all, regardless of their sexual orientation. Read more 

European Students' Union elects new Chairperson
TALLINN - Allan Päll (25) from Estonia has been elected as the new Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) on 5 May in Tallinn. "My biggest priority will be the issue of funding in higher education. We will support our members in their fight for maintaining and increasing investment in higher education". Read more
 Call for Quality Assurance Experts' pool
BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is looking for students to join the Quality Assurance experts' pool. You can apply for this by filling in the application form which you can find here. In the upcoming years, ESU will run the QUEST project on Quality Assurance in higher education. More information on the project, can be found here.
 ESU publishes Activity Report 2010
BRUSSELS - ESU has published its Activity Report for 2010. The full colour report with all the ins and outs of ESU's activities in 2010, can be downloaded here. The latest publication of ESU: 'No student left out - the do's and dont's of student participation in higher education decision-making', can be downloaded here.
Exchange opportunity:  spend 10 days in London to learn about financing of higher education
BRUSSELS - Would you like to experience ten days in London at one of the largest students' unions in the world? As part of ESU's project on Financing the Students' Future (FinSt), funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, you are invited to apply to take part in the first of three student exchange programmes taking place as part of the project. Read more
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This Month
Bologna Process in Turkey yet to become reality
EP wants investments in higher education to be priority
ESU's Board gives green light to 11 external motions
Students keen on renewed commitment to Bologna Process
ESU calls for equality on day against homophobia
ESU elects new Chairperson
Call for QA experts pool
ESU publishes Activity Report 2010
Exchange opportuity: 10 days in London

ESU in the media 

 TV West-Flanders: "A day in the life of the ESU Chairperson"    


Times Higher Education: "Arab spring in the academy"  


Europolitics: "ESU not impressed with Hungarian Presidency's track record"  


ERR (Estonia): "European students rep gather in Tallinn"


Xinhua (Chinese press agency): "European governments urged to increase higher education funding"  


MaltaMedia: "European Students provide assistance for change in North African and Middle East universities"  

ESU in the media


ERR News (Estonia) "European Students' Union elects new Chairman" 


European Voice: "Allan Pall takes over from Bert Vandenkendelaere" 


Times Higher Education:  

"Council of Europe 'concern' for Belarus academy" 


University World News:  

"New student leader for continent" 


Research Europe: "Europe reaches target for science graduates" 


Die Press (Austria): "Es herrscht eine gewisse Frustration"

Upcoming ESU Events

23-26 June - Handover ESU Committees - Prague, Czech Republic  


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


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


31 Oct-5 Nov - ESU Board Meeting 61, Varnia, 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     

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