The monthly newsletter of the European Students' Union

October 2011

 Issue 39


Budapest plans on forcing students to stay in Hungary
BUDAPEST - The European Students' Union (ESU) is deeply concerned about the new law proposal from the Hungarian government to force young graduates to work in Hungary from 7 up to 20 years after their graduation. This applies to all students who received funding from the state. Read full article
150 student representatives gather in Sofia to discuss hot education topics

SOFIA - The European Students' Union (ESU) will hold its 61st Board Meeting from 10-12 November in Sofia, Bulgaria. Around 150 student representatives from all over Europe will discuss ongoing issues in higher education and will formulate common statements. Read full article  

Financing project 'FINST' enters next phase
LIVERPOOL - ESU's project Financing the Students' Future (FINST) is set to address issues that students are facing with financing and tuition fees. Next upcoming event of the project is a Consultations Seminar, taking place from 24 to 27 November in Liverpool, which will enable participants to look at financing of higher education form different perspectives. Read full article  
ESU delegation participates in Future of Higher Education conference

BUCHAREST - An ESU delegation consisting of Allan Pall, Nevena Vuksanovic, Fernando Miguel Galan Palomares and Karl Agius participated in the "Future of Higher Education - Bologna Process Researchers' Conference (FOHE-BPRC)" in Bucharest from 17 to 19 October. Read full article    

Chilean student leaders ask for European support
PARIS - Representatives of the national Chilean student body CONFECH are travelling through Europe this week seeking international support for their ongoing fight for reforms in the Chilean national education system. Karina Ufert, vice-chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) met with representatives of CONFECH at a conference of UNEF (*) in Paris on 18 October to support their cause. Read full article
MAP-ESG project report open for consultation

BRUSSELS - The MAP-ESG project is the result of an acknowledgement by the E4 organisations (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) as the authors of the ESG and the founding members of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), of the need to review the implementation and use of the ESG since their adoption.  

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ESU publishes full reaction to Commission's Modernisation Agenda

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) has published its full reaction to the European Commission's Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education on 12 October. In ESU's press release on the modernisation agenda, published on 20 September, ESU Chairperson, Allan Päll, said: "The EU's Executive has failed to send out a clear message about government investments into higher education. We furthermore do not agree on their objective to promote mobility mainly through loans and private contribution."

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This Month
Budapest plans on forcing students to stay in Hungary
150 student representatives gather in Sofia
FINST entering next phase
Chilean student leaders ask for European support
MAP-ESG project report open for consultation

ESU in the media 

European Voice: "Reforms put business fist"

Interview with Allan, ESU's Chairperson in Veto, University newspaper of Leuven, Belgium

Science Guide: "ESU calls for open higher education"

Interesting bits from elsewhere

University World News: GREECE: Universities vehemently oppose policies

What should Education Europe look like? Check out the discussion on Debating Europe!

Upcoming ESU Events

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


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

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  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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