THE STUDENT VOICE
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the European Students' Union


April 2013
 
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 Issue 4   

    

A new leadership for ESU has been chosen 

BUDAPEST - Rok Primozic, from Slovenia, has been elected as a new Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU). Along with Primozic, two Vice-Chairpersons and seven Executive Commitee members were also chosen at the 64th Board Meeting of ESU taking place in Budapest, Hungary, from 26 to 28 April. 

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Four policy papers adopted at ESU's Board Meeting

BUDAPEST - After a year of intensive work, the highest decision making body of the European Students Union (ESU) has discussed thoroughly and adopted four core policy papers on higher education. Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 

Alternatives to student loans must be considered 

BUDAPEST - Students want more investments in the grant system for higher education in Europe much rather than to introduce a new loan scheme like the European Commission has proposed. They demand that the European Parliament and Council look at alternative measures on how student mobility can be enhanced instead of including the loan facility in the Erasmus for all programme starting in 2014. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

SAGE training: No jobs, no solution  

BUDAPEST - Students' perspectives need to be brought to decision makers in order to support the policy-making processes for sustainable higher education reforms. Therefore, ESU's project called Student Advancement of Graduates Employability (SAGE) provides an important input to the current educational reforms as it addresses the question of why employability shouldn't only be defined accordingly to labour market's terms. Go to full article Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook 

The Erasmus funding gap must be eliminated  

BRUSSELS - Students have been given a new hope that the uncertainty arising from the EU's budget negotiations on education and youth may soon be eradicated. A new agreement might take care of the 126 million euros that are needed for the Lifelong learning and Erasmus programmes this year. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students say no to a shrunken Erasmus budget 

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is deeply disappointed that billions of euros might be slashed from the original budget proposal for education and youth in the EU's multiannual financial framework from 2014 to 2020 because of the austerity demand set by the European Council in February. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A double tuition system in Switzerland hurts student mobility efforts 

BERN - A decision to double or even triple the tuition fees paid by students whose parents do not pay taxes in Switzerland would diminish the country's international student population, reduce cultural diversity and hurt any attempts to attract talented people from all over the world. This is the opinion of the European Students' Union (ESU). Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Education should be protected from austerity 

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) welcomes the idea of making 2013 a European Year of Citizens and urges decision-makers to reflect on how their policies affect societies in Europe. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Participate in a survey on student guidance in your university 

BRUSSELS - The Stay In project aims at designing and developing services capable of supporting students in higher education during their academic career, for example by offering them guidance on how to access available and prospective opportunities within universities and in relevant communities. Guidance is conceived as personalised support for each student to tackle potential obstacles that could possibly lead to his or her disengagement and drop-out. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Ukrainian students must enjoy democratic rights 

KIEV - The European Students' Union (ESU) is appalled by the Ministry of Education and Science's attempt to influence the work of Ukraine's student bodies.  Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Disappointing move by the Icelandic parliament 

REYKJAVIK - "We find it very unfortunate and discouraging that the Icelandic Parliament did not realise the importance of adopting a legal bill that would have improved the financial situation of students greatly," says Karina Ufert, Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU). Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Student benefits cause a populist overreaction 

COPENHAGEN - The European Students' Union (ESU) is dismayed by the political debate in Denmark where the Liberal and People's Party have used a recent judgment by the European Court of Justice as a lame excuse to attack international students residing in the country.  Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
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This Month
A new leadership has been chosen
Four policy papers adopted
Alternatives to student loans must be considered
SAGE training: No jobs, no solution
The Erasmus funding gap must be eliminated
Students say no to a shrunken Erasmus budget
A double tuition system in Switzerland hurts student mobility effortsudent contracts
Education should be protected from austerity
Participate in a survey on student guidance in your university
Ukrainian students must enjoy democratic rights
Disappointing move by the Icelandic parliament
Student benefits cause a populist overreaction

ESU in the media 

Click here to see a collection of articles published on a proposed budget cut for Erasmus for all

Science Guide: Save education for economic recovery

Science Guide: Spare me your educational talk

Unipablog: Intervista ad una studentessa portoghese a Palermo

Information: Europaeiske studerende - Flere utlaendinge kan vaere en gevinst

University Post: SU grants for international disputed in talks

Morgunbladid: Osatt vid ad frumvarpid var ekki samthykkt

The PIE News: Switzerland - calls mount for higher foreign fees

Science Guide: Foreign students foot the bill, again

The Parliament: Fears mount for EU education and culture programmes

Research Europe: More have less

The PIE News: EU promises easier access for international students

Lundagard: ESU - The proposed changes tackle the main concerns

University World News: Graduate unemployment - Whose fault is it?

Quora: How can we be assured that our rights are safe from austerity

Hufvudstadbladet: Elin Blomqvist i ESU styrelse



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