The European Students' Union monthly newsletter 
Issue: November 2015

Dear readers,

In this issue you will read about ESU's work on the exclusion of education from trade agreements, in particular from TiSA, but also on the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and their role in promoting inclusive education. On the 17th November, we will celebrate the International Students' Day - which commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague and the execution of 9 student leaders, over 1200 students sent to concentration camps, and the closing of all Czech universities and colleges. Also, on the 9th November, the International Day against Fascism and Antisemitism aims to bring together the international community to confront hate with action.

We wish you a pleasant reading!
ESU News
Vacancy for a Head of Secretariat. Join our team in Brussels!
ESU is looking for a team player to fill the position of Head of Secretariat at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Head of Secretariat will be responsible for coordinating financial, administrative and personnel services in order to meet internal and legal requirements by providing efficient and effective office and activities management.
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ESU calls for the exclusion of education from the scope of TiSA!
The European Parliament is preparing the draft recommendation to the European Commission on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). ESU together with ETUCE has prepared amendments to the draft recommendations in order to exclude education out of the scope of TiSA. The proposed amendments aims to carve out education and other public services from the scope of TiSA, as well as ensure the quality assurance and transparency from the foreign providers.
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International Students' Day - Global Call for Action - 17 November 2015
In the world we live in, we feel it is necessary to build a strong network to raise awareness and build mutual understanding and solidarity, not only among our communities but also towards the many human beings - studying and learning in many different ways in different moments of their lives - fleeing their countries because of conflicts, bad socio-economic situations and because they wish to fulfil their lives seeking for better conditions somewhere else in the world.
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Students against cuts on educational systems
In most of the European countries, students face serious cuts on their educational system in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The politicians make the students - the future of our countries - pay for the damages made by "too-big-to-fail-banks", big corporations and naive politicians.
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Small acts matter! Join the campaign against contemporary forms of fascism and antisemitism
Every year around 9 November, the UNITED network coordinates the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, and calls upon the international community to bring an end to hate. NGOs, community organisations, schools, local municipalities etc are asked to join forces and confront hate with direct action.
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How to transform global education ambitions to reality
The 27th of September marked a historic day when Head of States from all the 193 UN Member States convened in New York to adopt the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor to the previous 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Education still has its own standalone goal 4 to "Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning", but, this time it also specifically deals with tertiary education. It is a development for which ESU  has worked hard for and that we welcome. But now it's time to work even harder to make the ambitious goal and its 10 targets a reality. ESU has already started much of this work in the month of October with two important meetings:
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Modern collegiality as a catalyst of university values
This year ESU once again participated at the annual conference of the Magna Charta Observatory, during 17th - 18th September in Bologna. This year's conference focused on the global challenges for universities and their students, with interesting panels and presentations focussing on issues such as internationalisation and privatisation of research. Students were also well represented during both plenary and side-events with a number of student-relevant issues being addressed throughout the conference.
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Discover how entrepreneurial your higher education institution is!
Higher Education Institutions interested in assessing, among others, the entrepreneurial nature of their higher education environment can now consult HEInnovate. This self-asssessmet tool is initiated by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and OECD LEEDS forum and is supported by a panel of six independent experts.
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Write about Plagiarism and Win a $2,000 Scholarship
The Unplag plagiarism detection engine is willing to support students who appreciate originality and plagiarism-free content. That's why its giving away a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for studying purposes. A committee of educators and the Unplag team will choose the most interesting essays and publish them on the Unplag blog.
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Join the free online course on Human Rights and the EU!
Are you interested in the EU, human rights law or other areas of Social Sciences and Humanities? Would you like to learn about the different impacts that the EU has on human rights worldwide? Frame has created a MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE (MOOC)
ON THE EU AND HUMAN RIGHTS, a free online course for anyone interested!
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Members' News
ANOSR: The students want fair and well-funded universities
For the academic year 2015-2016, students in Romania wish to learn in fair universities - in which the acts of corruption are unheard of and where the terms "plagiarism" and "bribe" are not tolerated. They want to learn in well-funded universities - accordingly to their needs and performances, universities that are capable of providing quality education, with sufficient scholarships that cover the monthly expenses for accommodation and meals, where accommodation is sufficient for all students who request it and it provides decent living and study conditions, where allowances for transport are provided for all students throughout the academic year and where the laboratories, study halls and libraries are equipped with appropriate and up to date teaching materials.
SKRVS: Awarding the Jan Opletal Prize to mark the International Students' Day
This month, in the Czech Republic, major historical milestones in the history of the country will be commemorated, but also moments that had significantly contributed to students. On the 17th November we will mark the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy which is celebrated worldwide as the International Students' Day.
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Education - the most powerful weapon to change the world?
Approximately 100 students from all over Europe gathered in Brussels for the 30th European Students' Convention. Among other issues, we discussed the refugee situation and the role that student unions and higher education institutions could play in the mitigation. By and large, the scale of the refugee situation has taken Europe by surprise. Although with the cuts of many European countries, Finland now sadly among them, to development cooperation and humanitarian aid, it was only a matter of time.
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ESU in the Press

Upcoming Events

1-5 December 2015: Board Meeting 69 and Board Meeting Seminar
 9-12 March 2016: European Students' Convention 31

Project News
Sustainability of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Moldova
After 3 years of successful implementation of QUAEM project, the time has come to think about the sustainability of its results and to plan future actions. During a two-day meeting in Chisinau ESU, together with representatives of Moldovan students, universities and QUAEM partners, looked into possibilities for further development of Quality Assurance in Moldovan Higher Education. A particular attention has been given to enhancing the student's involvement and building capacity of the relevant actors.
Current ESU Projects 
Below is a list of projects ESU is participating in as a Partner or Team Leader. 

Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe (CALOHEE)