THE STUDENT VOICE
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the European Students' Union


May 2014
 
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 Issue 5   

    

One hundred candidates pledge to Vote For Education

BRUSSELS - As elections for the European Parliament are launched officially today, nearly one hundred candidates have pledged to the Vote For Education manifesto. This group is now composed of candidates from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Six thousand youth brought together before the European elections

STRASBOURG - The European Students' Union (ESU) was happy to contribute to debates on education and employability at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg, France, from 9 to 11 May. More than six thousand young people attended the event, where ESU was invited to speak in three sessions. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Global youth discusses the post-2015 development agenda

COLOMBO - Equally accessible quality higher education should be a clear goal in the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations. This opinion was expressed by representatives of the European Students' Union (ESU) at the 2014 World Conference on Youth, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 6 to 10 May, with 1.500 youth delegates present. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Help to fight a natural catastrophe in the Western Balkans

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) calls for immediate support to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Eastern Croatia that have been suffering from the biggest natural catastrophe in a century. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU mourns deceased workers in the Soma coal mine

ISTANBUL - On May 13, Turkey experienced its worst mining accident when a fire broke out in the Soma coal mine. The last remaining body was retrieved on Saturday 17 May, putting the death toll to 301 people according to the prime minister's office. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU supports the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics

BRUSSELS - In the wake of the global financial crisis, many students in economics have expressed their discontent with their education. The European Students Union (ESU) supports the aims presented by the International Student Initiative for Pluralist Economics (ISIPE), which now gathers 65 student groups demanding pluralism in economics education. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students welcome a new European university information tool

BRUSSELS - U-multirank is a pioneer attempt to incorporate all dimensions of the teaching and learning process in university rankings. The European Students´ Union (ESU) welcomes this new project that has great potentials. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU sends a call to governments on IDAHOT 

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) continues to fight for the rights of Lesbian-, Gay-, Bisexual-, Transgender- and Queer people and urges all governments across Europe to ensure that everyone enjoys the same human rights and can be part of the European society without facing violence, threat or harassment of any kind. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A major shift in the Bologna process at Athens meeting 

ATHENS - The bi-annual meeting of the Bologna Follow-up Group was held in Athens, Greece, from 18 to 19 April and hosted by the Greek presidency of the Council of the European Union. This meeting proved to be highly eventful and possibly a starting point of major shifts in the Bologna process. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A social dimension strategy for the European Higher Education Area  

VIENNA - The Bologna Follow-Up Group is committed to create a strategy for the social dimension of the European Higher Education Area and as such operates a Working Group on the Social Dimension and Life-long Learning. This working group is co-chaired by the European Students' Union (ESU) and met on 3 and 4 April in Vienna, Austria. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Student representatives adopt twenty resolutions at Vienna meeting 

VIENNA - Delegates of the 47 national unions of students that are members of the European Students' Union (ESU) had an extremely productive meeting in Vienna, Austria, from 1 to 4 May. They adopted twenty external resolutions on issues of their concern as well as a new policy paper on European governing structures. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU elects Elisabeth Gehrke as Chairperson 

VIENNA - Elisabeth Gehrke was elected on the evening of 2 May as a new Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU) at its Board Meeting in Vienna, Austria, with a mandate starting on 1 July 2014. Gehrke is Swedish and has served as ESU's Vice-Chairperson since 1 July 2013. A year earlier, she was a member of ESU's Executive Committee. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Participate in the Young Leaders Training Programme

ANTWERP - A multidisciplinary training programme that will strengthen the participants' innovation and leadership skills will be kicked off in Antwerp, Belgium, in the autumn 2014. This "Young Leaders Group" programme is organised by the Foundation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EITF). The last day to apply for this programme is 6 June 2014. Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

STORY - Strengthening the Training Opportunities for InteRnational Youth   

BRUSSELS - One of the major challenges of today's young graduates is the unsustainably high youth unemployment rate in many EU countries. At the same time, experience abroad and work experience are criteria highly valued by employers, thus learning mobility seems to be the key priority to improve the employability of young people. Go to full article Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Participate in a voting survey and win a trip to Brussels!  

BRUSSELS - A new project will carry out a Europe-wide survey among former and current Erasmus and non-Erasmus students to measure whether the Erasmus programme affects people's feelings of Europan citizenship/identity. This project has been called the Erasmus Voting Assessment. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
Picture of the month: Young people stormed to Strasbourg for the European Youth Event from May 9-11. Here they are in the hemicycle of the European Parliament, where its plenary sessions are normally organised.  
 
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This Month
One hundred candidates pledge to Vote For Education
Six thousand youth brought together before the European elections
Global youth discusses the post-2015 development agenda
Help to fight a natural catastrophe in the Western Balkans
ESU mourns deceased workers in the Soma coal mine
ESU supports the International Initiative for Pluralism in Economics
Students welcome a new European university information tool
ESU sends a call to governments on IDAHOT
A major shift in the Bologna process at Athens meeting
A social dimension strategy for the European Higher Education Area
Student representatives adopt twenty resolutions at Vienna meeting
ESU elects Elisabeth Gehrke as Chairperson
Participate in the Young Leaders Training Programme
Strengthening the Training Opportunities for InteRnational Youth
Participate in a voting survey and win a trip to Brussels!

ESU in the media 

Eu2014.at: This is why you should vote

France 24: Students around the world call for return of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Republica: A lot to do


Jerusalem Post: Social affairs - Bringing ideology to life in Lod

Science Business: European Union launched new university ranking system

Euractiv: New European university ranking system launched

Noticias de Coimbra: Presidente da JS Coimbra eleito para a direccao Associacao Europeia de Estudantes do Ensino Superior

Te Interesa: Solo dos universidades espanolas entre las 50 mejores del mundo en estudios empresariales

Ticin Online: Studentessa svizzera eletta nella "European Students Union"

Etudiants.ch: Une Suissesse a la tete de l'union europeene des etudiants

20 Minutes: Une Suissesse elue a l'European Students Union

ARCINFO: Une etudiante elue a l'European Students Union

City.se: Gehrke ska fajtas i Bryssel - for studenterna

Lundagard: Hon blev karordforande for Europa

La Tribuna de Ciudad Real: Los estudiantes de la UCLM pide replantear el nuevo sistema de becas
 

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