THE STUDENT VOICE
The monthly newsletter of
the European Students' Union


June 2015 
 
Follow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookFind us on Google+

          June Edition   

    

Letter from the Chairperson  

May has been a busy month for Higher Education in Europe. It has been an exam period for many countries, both literally and metaphorically. The Ministerial conference for the European Higher Education Area was held in Armenia, the EU education ministers met in Brussels, the EU country specific recommendations came out and the World Education Forum was held in Incheon.
Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
Outcomes of the EHEA Ministerial Conference
YEREVAN- On the 14th and 15th of May the ministers of education in the European Higher Education Area meet in Yerevan, Armenia to discuss the priorities for higher education for the next three years. The European Students' Union were present representing the students in the Area at the table. In addition, students took part in many countries' delegations.
BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union released Bologna with Student Eyes 2015 in light of the Ministerial Conference and Fourth Bologna Process that took place in Yerevan, Armenia between 14 and 15 May 2015. The event concluded with an endorsement of the Yerevan Communique, an agreement which sets higher education priorities, including students' rights, for the period up to 2018. 
Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Incheon Declaration brings hope to post-2015 education agenda  

The World Education Forum - convened by UNESCO with a number of other UN agencies as co-convenors - took place in Incheon just outside Seoul in South Korea from the 19th till 22nd of May. The forum gathered 2,500 key educational stakeholders - including country ministers from UN member states, top officials, the civil society and private actors - to discuss and agree on a joint course for next 15 years as captured by the Sustainable Development Goal 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all". 
 Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
Webinar announcement: How to empower women in media education 
ESU is glad to invite you to a new webinar on empowering women in media education to take place on the 2nd of June 2015 at 10:00h. The event is organised as part of the Unite-IT project where ESU is a partner. The 36 months network project was co-financed in 2012 by the EU Life Long Learning Programme and was aimed at raising awareness and fostering sharing and joint actions to overcome the digital divide.
Let's put an end to #ALLMALEPANELS
The European Women's Lobby and @EUPanelWatch are organising a Monitoring Month in June 2015. If you want to make a change by monitoring panels on the spot or from home, EWL and ESU warmly invite you to join the campaign by using hashtag #allmalepanels to share your experiences.
SAVES Project celebrates the results of its first semester
The objective of the SAVES Project is to support environmentally responsible behavior among the students living in the dormitories by means of running the fun Student Switch Off competitions in dormitories in five partner countries: UK, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania. Student Switch Off campaigns across Europe launched for the first time in the participating countries in September and October 2014. The first semester of this action showed the achieved average reduction of 295,732kWh in energy usage across the participating dormitories, which equates to 86.98tCO2 and 25.431toe, and translates to a 3.13% saving in just a few months! Even better news? SAVES Project is running until the end of the academic year 2015/2016 and the total expected energy saving at the end of the action is at the level of 8%.
IGLYO launches resources for school stakeholders to foster inclusive educational environments
IGLYO launches two resources for school stakeholders to foster inclusive educational environments that are free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.
Europe: wake up to the situation of students in Burma!
RANGOON - The European Students' Union (ESU) is saddened by the recent events that have taken place in Burma since our latest statement from the 5th of February. The time has come when the international community will now have to react and demand progress, if we want to see a democratic education system emerge.
ESU calls for more support for the Safe Schools Declaration
ESU reiterates the need for increased protection of schools and universities during armed conflict, in line with the Resolution passed at the Board Meeting 67 in Baku.

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is organising a conference together with the Norwegian Government to take place in in Oslo, between 28 and 29 May 2015. During this event a large number of States across the globe are expected to sign the Safe Schools Declaration, which pledges to adopt the "The Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict"
The European Commission's Country-specific Recommendations 2015
BRUSSELS- In May, the European Commission published country-specific recommendations as part of the European Semester 2015. The country-specific recommendations this year extensively featured recommendations on education. The country-specific recommendations were based on the European Union's Annual Growth Survey and a series of country reports. The European Students' Union (ESU) would like to take this opportunity to address several themes regarding education that were repeated in the recommendations.

Assessing the achievements of European cooperation in the field of education    

BRUSSELS: On the 18th of May, the European Union's ministers met to discuss education, youth, culture and sport. Several discussions were held on the topic of education, including the midterm review of ET2020 and the follow-up on the Paris Declaration. The successes of European cooperation in the field of education and training (ET2020) were discussed at the meeting. ESU agrees that there have been many successes following the ET2020 framework and that the four common objectives still have a high degree of relevance.
Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Applications to OpenCon now open   

Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open at opencon2015.org/attend. The deadline is June 22nd, but applicants are encouraged to apply early. A full or partial travel scholarship, will be awarded to most of those accepted.
Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
This Month
Letter from the Chairperson
Outcomes of the EHEA Ministerial Conference
ESU reveals students' perspectives on the EHEA and welcomes the Yerevan...Communique.
Incheon Declaration brings hope to post-2015 education agenda
Webinar announcement: How to empower women in media education
Let's put an end to #ALLMALEPANELS
SAVES Project celebrates the results of its first semester
IGLYO launches resources for school stakeholders to foster inclusive educational environments
Europe: wake up to the situation of students in Burma!
ESU calls for more support for the Safe Schools Declaration
The European Commission's Country-specific Recommendations 2015
Assessing the achievements of European cooperation in the field of education
Applications to OpenCon now open
ESU in the Press
The Guardian: Home or away: Is student accomodation becoming a luxury?

El Economista: Fernando Galan elected president of the European Students' Union

Armenia Now: Smoothing the Process: ESU convention addresses issue of diploma recognition

The Pie News: Finland tuition fees for non-EU students back on table
Members' News
25% Campaign - Romanian students standing up for their rights

The National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania (ANOSR) has publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the way students' rights are respected in Romania and demands a change in the education law so as to increase the share of students' participation in the process of electing university rectors.

Go to full article

A somber election for Finnish students

Following the 19 April 2015 parliamentary elections in Finland, the government negotiations were finalised on 27 May 2015. The government programme, which was published on the same day, brought devastating news for students. The government programme foresees a 150 million euro cut to student financial aid and proposes to remove the indexation of study grants - a grand achievement of the student movement after the previous elections in 2011. The cut entails a 20% reduction to the student financial aid budget in the long run.

Go to full article
Upcoming Events
Projects

Peer Assessment of Student-Centred Learning

Student Advancement of Graduates Employability

Quest for Quality for Students

Financing the Students' Future

QUAEM - Development of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Moldova

Effective Approached to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education (IDEAS)

Peer learning for the social dimension (PL4SD)

SiS Catalyst

Student Guidance for Inclusion (STAY IN)
  The European Students' Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 European countries. ESU represents and advocates the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level: European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO and the Bologna Follow Up Group.  

Find out more about ESU on www.esu-online.org or check out our social media:

 

Find us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 

 

For more information, contact:

Alexandra Antonescu  

Communications Manager 

+ 32 2 893 25 47+32 473 66 98 94   

[email protected]  

   

ESU - European Students' Union

Rue de l'Industrie 10
1000 Bruxelles, BELGIUM