THE STUDENT VOICE
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the European Students' Union


February 2013
 
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 Issue 2           

    

ESU deplores intentions to raise tuition fees in Bulgaria

SOFIA - Thousands of students take to the streets in Bulgaria to protest worsening living conditions, as many universities plan to increase their tuition fees by 8 to 33 per cent. Students' demands to be fully recognised as partners have also been ignored, as students´ representation within governing bodies of higher education institutions is still limited. Decisions to introduce higher tuition fees were taken behind the students' back. Go to full article Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook 

Strategies and resources for student support services are needed 

BUCHAREST - A genuine commitment to implementing agreed goals for student support within the Bologna context is lacking in South-East Europe, according to the participants of a seminar on the social dimension of Higher Education held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 February. Go to full article Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook 

Enhancing students' representation in Belarus: Reflections from Lithuania

VILNIUS - A new Belarus Student Representatives Exchange Scheme will be launched this spring, aiming at major topics related to student representation in the region and beyond such as the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), Student Participation in the Higher Education Governance, Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Enhancement of the Academic Integrity. This Exchange Scheme will provide students' representatives with the skills and know-how on how to advocate students´ interests efficiently. Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 

Students seek solutions to protect the equality and diversity of education

DUBLIN - From 8 to 10 March, students´ representatives from 39 countries in Europe will debate how equality and diversity within higher education can be ensured in times of radical changes caused by intense budgetary constraints. What strategies do individual universities, regional authorities, national governments and European institutions employ to achieve their goals? Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU Study Session: Stronger students' participation for the open society 

BUDAPEST - Thirty experienced students' representatives from all over Europe gathered in Hungary from 3 to 9 February to explore different ways to improve organisational knowledge management at European, national and local levels. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Council of Europe: Shaping education for future societies 

STRASBOURG - The Council of Europe's (CoE) role in higher education is a prominent one. Based on firm values, such as democracy, human rights and rule of law, this European institution has a unique perspective to offer, by strongly advocating the multiple purposes of education. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

MEPs listen to students' worries about a loan scheme 

BRUSSELS - Mrs. Isabelle Thomas, Member of the European Parliament (S&D), understands the concerns that European students have regarding the introduction of a European Loan Guarantee Facility. She thinks it might be a slippery slope for the European Union, as it might change the perception of the Erasmus programme and make it possible to gradually replace scholarships with loans. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

The social system for Danish students is in jeopardy

COPENHAGEN - Social mobility might be reduced and fewer students would complete their studies if proposed changes to the financial support system for students in Denmark will be adopted. These reforms introduced by Morten Østergaard, the Danish Minister for Higher Education, would hit those families especially hard that come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. They could have severely negative consequences for all students in secondary and tertiary education. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU participates in the revision of European Standards and Guidelines

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is one of seven stakeholders' organisations in charge of drafting the initial proposal for a revised version of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (often referred to as ESG). Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
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This Month
ESU deplores intentions to raise tuition fees in Bulgaria
Strategies and resources for student support services are needed
Enhancing students' representation in Belarus
Students seek solutions to protect the equality and diversity of education
Stronger students' participation for the open society
Council of Europe: Shaping education for future societies
MEPs listen to students' worries about a loan scheme
The social system for Danish students is in jeopardy
ESU participates in the revision of European Standards and Guidelines

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