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


March 2015
 
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 Issue 1        

    

Letter from the Chairperson  

BRUSSELS - Student politics have long been tied to geopolitics and democratic development throughout Europe and the world in general. Since the protests on Euromaidan in 2013 those ties have only grown stronger for the European Students' Union (ESU). Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESC29 to discuss the social dimension of higher education

RIGA - The Student Union of Latvia (LSA) will host the 29th European Students' Convention from 20 to 23 March 2015 in Riga. This time the overarching subject of the conference is "The future of the Social Dimension of Higher Education in Europe from a student perspective". Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Vacancy: ESU is looking for a Communications' Officer to join its team in Brussels

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is looking for a team player to fill the position of Communications Officer at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Communications Officer will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating external and internal communication, updating ESU's profile and image and contributing to the further development of ESU's administrative tools and procedures. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students disappointed with the European Council's proposal 

BRUSSELS - The European Students' Union (ESU) is deeply disappointed with a proposal from the European Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. The proposal could significantly limit free movement within the European Union for students, researchers and staff from third countries. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A ministerial conference in Yerevan draws near 

YEREVAN - The Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, on 14 and 15 May this year. Preparations for the conference are already well underway, as well as the corresponding Bologna Policy Forum held in parallel with international guests from the global higher education community. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

More consistent approaches to learning outcomes needed 

BRUSSELS - Although a systemic approach is lacking within countries to implement approaches to learning outcomes, there is still significant progress and dedication to the process. A new proposal emphasises the need for more consistent definitions and design of learning outcomes, as well as increased cooperation and communication among stakeholders in the education sector and labour. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

#MakeItHappen 

BRUSSELS/OSLO - The European Students' Union (ESU) celebrated the international women's day, held every year on 8 March in honour of women that fought and are fighting for a more equal society. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Chile set to assume public responsibility of higher education 

SANTIAGO - More than forty years after Pinochet's military coup in Chile, which marked the beginning of the end of public education there, the country's government wants to offer studies in higher education for free as of March 2016. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Strong education systems build tolerant societies

PARIS - The European Students' Union (ESU) welcomes an initiative to hold a ministerial conference on 17 March 17 to discuss how education can support social inclusion in Europe. Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, presented the idea on 9 February, following the tragic event at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris in January. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Students, a priority in the post-2015 education agenda 

PARIS - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) hosted on 19 and 20 February a Regional Ministerial Conference on Education post-2015. The European Students' Union (ESU) attended the meeting and advocated the idea of specific inclusion of pupils and students as stakeholders. This was well received, as highlighted in suggestions to paragraph 19 of the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU stands in solidarity with Albanian students 

TIRANA - The Albanian government has, in a backwards move, presented a new Law for Higher Education. The proposal abandons all healthy principles for student representation, democracy and accessible education. The European Students' Union (ESU) wholeheartedly supports the efforts of Albanian students to amend the draft law and condemns the government's attempts to curb student democracy. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

CoSMiCE publication presented with a new students' union directory 

VIENNA - The Student Council for Higher Education in the Slovak Republic (SRVS) and the Austrian Students' Union (ÍH) have published the outcomes of a project called "Challenges of Student Mobility in a Cosmopolitan Europe (CoSMiCE)". Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

A new database with best practices in the social dimension  

VIENNA - The PL4SD database represents a great opportunity to contribute to shared peer learning on best practices developed within the area of the social dimension of higher education. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Youth leadership discussed in Israel   

TEL AVIV - A conference was held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from 25 to 31 January, where participants from a number of students and members of the European Students' Union (ESU) gathered to discuss youth leadership, as well as the work being done in preparation for the Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area to be held in Yerevan in May this year. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

ESU promotes more youth involvement in UNESCO's work 

PARIS - The European Students' Union (ESU) submitted a draft to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in which it urges the new liaison committee for non-governmental organisations to recognise the lack of youth involvement in the committee's work. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

GAPS in a nutshell  

KUALA LUMPUR - The GAPS (Global Access to Post-Secondary Education) initiative aims to bring together those from across sectors and countries to meet this global challenge via advocacy and action. The conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5 to 8 October 2015 in association with Sunway University. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Associate members more present at ESU's events 

BAKU - The European Students' Union (ESU) had the pleasure to welcome four of its associate members at its Board Meeting, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1 to 5 December 2014. Go to full articleLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
Picture of the month: ESU was invited to discuss the quality of higher education, at a spring conference hosted by its member union NSO in Norway in the beginning of March. 
 
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This Month
Letter from the Chairperson
ESC29 discusses the social dimension
Vacancy: Communications' Officer
Students disappointed with EU Council proposal
Ministerial conference in Yerevan
Learning outcomes approaches
Gender equality #MakeItHappen
Chile's public responsibility of higher education
Education builds tolerant societies
Post-2015 education agenda
ESU supports Albanian students
CoSMiCE research published
Database on the social dimension
Youth leadership discussed
Youth involvement in UNESCO
GAPS in a nutshell
Associate members at ESU's events

ESU in the press 

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