THE STUDENT VOICE
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the European Students' Union


June 2013
 
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 Issue 6    

    

Five new Executive Commitee members start their mandate  at ESU 

BLED - A new political leadership at the European Students' Union (ESU) starts its mandate on 1 July. The Executive Committee, composed of ten members, welcomes five new members that were elected at the 64th Board Meeting of ESU held in Budapest, Hungary.

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INTERVIEW: "ESU will always have a place in my heart"

BRUSSELS - Karina Ufert was given the challenging task to lead the European Students' Union (ESU) through turbulent times. Internal structural reforms, the Bologna process and major negotiations at the European Union on a new long term programme for education and youth have been at the heart of ESU's activities for the past year. We asked Ufert to look back at her political mandate that comes to an end on 1 July and tell us about her experience and lessons learned. 

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Teachers need to keep up with the mutable educational landscape

BRUSSELS - "The European Union's recommendations on quality teaching should go beyond that. They should be implemented by the respective authorities and students are ready to take their share of responsibility in that," says Karina Ufert, Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU). Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 

Spanish students' prospects endangered by an income barrier 

MADRID - Spanish students that need public financial support in order to pay for their studies might be hit hard by reforms introduced by the country's government. The changes would limit access to higher education in favour of students that come from a more privileged background. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

PL4SD: Time to fill in the information gap! 

BRUSSELS - Despite the different measures and initiatives that aim at improving the social dimension of higher education, there is still a huge information gap on what is really happening on a national level and, particularly, within different regions and at individual higher education institutions. This has been recognised by the Ministers responsible for higher education in Europe, who committed to collect and share data on the social dimension of higher education and to participate in a peer learning process in the Bucharest Communiqué in 2012. Go to full article Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook 

Moving from the integration of to the inclusion of migrants in education

BRUSSELS - The newly adopted policy papers of the European Students' Union (ESU) on the Social Dimension and Equality of higher education reinforce the organisation's commitment to fight for equal treatment at all levels of the education system, regardless of what people's circumstances may be. Migrants do often miss out on many of the opportunities that other citizens have and are therefore a key target group in this perspective. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Up to five traineeships to be offered

BRUSSELS - Eight organisations and institutions have declared their interest in hosting interns in a second call for participants in the SiS Catalyst project. These applicants are based in Kenya, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Netherlands.  Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

The evolution of access: Adapt to survive? 

STRASBOURG - Even though many activities aim at developing access to and widening participation in higher education, a lot remains to be done. The 22nd annual conference of the Equal Access Network highlighted new challenges and opportunities in this respect. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

FinSt project findings used in a European Council stimulation  

TWENTE - Students at the University of Twente, Netherlands, stimulated a hearing of the European Council in June where they debated the various financing systems used for students, where the project on Financing the Students' Future (FinSt) was used as a basis. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students' worries neglected in an agreement on Erasmus+

BRUSSELS - Many critical points that were raised by students in relation to a new programme of the European Union for education and youth from 2014 to 2020 have not been taken into account. On Wednesday, the European Council reached an agreement that would allocate only 14.5 billion euros to this proposal called Erasmus+ out of the 960 billion euro budget of the EU. A controversial idea of a new loan guarantee facility would receive 3.5 per cent out of the budget for Erasmus+, or 450 million euros. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

New unemployment figures prove the value of higher education 

BRUSSELS - The socio-economic benefits of higher education are unquestionable. Hence, governments in Europe should give education a priority when they design their policies for the future. A report published by the OECD today highlights the benefits of securing access to tertiary education and providing good study and career guidance services. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A tuition fee hike in Armenia is out of touch with economic reality 

YEREVAN - Plans to raise tuition fees in Armenia up to thirty per cent might have devastating consequences for the society as it would limit people's chances of seeking higher education severely.Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Refugees and asylum seekers must have access to education

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) expresses its solidarity with all refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons around the world that are denied access to education. ESU urges governments in Europe to take more responsibility in protecting vulnerable societies to make sure that refugees enjoy human rights. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Human rights in Turkey must be respected

ISTANBUL - The European Students' Union calls on the Turkish government for an end to violence against peaceful protesters and for dialogue with the society.  Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
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This Month
Five new Executive Committee members start their mandate at ESU
INTERVIEW: "ESU will always have a place in my heart"
Teachers need to keep up with the mutable educational landscape
Spanish students' prospects endangered by an income barrier
PL4SD: Time to fill in the information gap!
Moving from the integration of to the inclusion of migrants in education
Up to five traineeships to be offered
The evolution of access: Adapt to survive?
FinSt project results used in a European Council stimulation
Students' worries neglected in an agreement on Erasmus+
New unemployment figures prove the value of higher education
A tuition fee hike in Armenia is out of touch with economic reality
Refugees and asylum seekers must have access to education
Human rights in Turkey must be respected

ESU in the media 

University World News: Tuition fee hike out of touch with economic reality

University World News: U-Multirank faces the critics

University World News: Confronting the cause of the protests in Turkey

University World  News: Erasmus faces demand and management problems

European University Association: European Students Union elects new chairperson

Allianssi: SYL ja Samok - Nuorisotyottomyys luo synkkia pilvia EU:n ylle

Gottinger Campusmedien: Kurzen nach dem Rasenmaherprinzip

Portal Local: Jornadas Internacionales de Empleabilidad organizadas por la Coordinadora de Representates de Estudiantes de Universidades Publicas

Erasmus Magazine: Zestien miljard voor nieuw Erasmusprogramma

Euro Pejczycy: Europejsk Unia Studentow zabiega o utrzymane nakladow na program wymiany studenckiej Erasmus

L'Etudiant: Classement europeen des universites, les etudiants encore circonspects



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