THE STUDENT VOICE
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the European Students' Union


September 2013
 
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 Issue 9       

    

Students want quality internships more than quantity 

BRUSSELS - Students need a much stronger commitment from employers and policy-makers than the European Alliance for Apprenticeships that was introduced in July. The alliance does not set any requirements for minimum benefits that should be provided to interns.Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Public funds are instrumental in ensuring public responsibility 

VILNIUS - Several reforms have been introduced to higher education systems in Europe in the past few years because of reduced public funding, as thirty Directors-General responsible for higher education in the EU/EFTA member states discussed in their meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 23 and 24 September. Their discussions focused on issues such as sustainability, efficiency and equity of higher education.

Greece shows that austerity policies should not be glorified

BRUSSELS - Announcements of imminent closures at two universities in Greece, the Capodistrian National University of Athens and Polytechnic University of Athens, followed by several others, show the dark reality behind the austerity policies run in Europe. This is in stark contrast with the picture painted by the President of the European Commission earlier this month, when he delivered his annual speech on the State of the European Union.Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students review the globalisation of higher education 

KAUNAS - International students should not be considered as a source of revenue but as a part of society and have access to necessary support systems, according to the over one hundred student representatives that participated in the European Students' Convention from 20 to 22 September.  
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A new survey unveils students' perspectives on the quality of their education

BRUSSELS - University students expect first and foremost to gain a personal growth from higher education and to learn more about issues that they find to be interesting and are taught by specialists in each field. The European Students' Union (ESU) published on 9 September the results of a new study, showing that students favour a higher education system that is characterised by a freedom to learn, teach and research and has an intrinsic value of knowledge over more consumerist views. Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU denounces hate speech  

BRUSSELS - Students, especially those of a migrant or ethnic minority background, LGBTQ, disabled and of a lower economic status, can often be victims of hate speech at their universities. The European Students' Union (ESU) has decided to raise awareness about this problem by supporting the No Hate Speech Movement and joining their campaign. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Three interns selected for the SiS Catalyst project 

BRUSSELS - Three new internship projects will start in October thanks to to the very interesting initiative called SiS Catalyst, developed within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7). Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Icelandic authorities cannot trample on students' rights 

REYKJAVIK - Icelandic students took their government and the Student Loan Fund in Iceland (LIN) to court and won. The European Students' Union (ESU) congratulates Icelandic students on their success and thinks their case is an inspiration for student activism across Europe, proving that students should be included in policy-making processes at all levels. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Persecuted students find shelter in Norway

OSLO - The European Students' Union (ESU) hopes that other countries will follow Norway's positive example and introduce a mechanism that will give persecuted students, from all over the world, a chance to finish their education. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
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This Month
Students want quality internships more than quantity
Public funds are instrumental in ensuring public responsibility
Greece shows that austerity policies should not be glorified
Court case highlights students' need for a portable financial support
Apply for a SiS Catalyst internship before 10 September
Call for applications: Students developing quality assurance in Moldova
The internationalisation of higher education at ESC26
Students' perspectives on quality of education surveyed
Summer schools organised by students' unions

ESU in the media 

  


  

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