The European Students' Union monthly newsletter 
Issue: September 2015

Dear readers,

Summer is almost over and it's time to start a new academic year, hopefully full of new opportunities to grow and to make a difference. We are looking forward to meeting you at our 30th Student Convention in Brussels and we are excited to start new interesting projects, which will hopefully help students across Europe have better access to quality education.

We will continue to keep an eye on policies that go against student rights, such as increasing restrictions for non-EU students in UK - an anti-immigration law that forces non-EU students to leave the country upon graduation. Moreover the potential influence of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the education sector in EU is still unclear. Between rising anti-immigration discourses and talks of commodification of higher education, we need to continue to stand in unity if we are to support equal opportunities for all as well as inter-cultural dialogue and social cohesion.
We wish you a pleasant reading!
Best wishes to all,
ESU team
ESU News
30th European Students' Convention and Second Annual PASCL Conference - Placing Students at the Heart of Learning
ESU warmly invites you to the e 30th European Students' Convention to be held in Brussels, Belgium, from 28 to 30 September 2015. Debates will reflect on recent policy developments and on how Europe can promote and value again active citizenship, intercultural understanding and human rights education.

We are pleased to announce as a key speaker Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in the European Commission.
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ESU welcomes the new priorities on Education and Training proposed by the European Commission 
ESU welcomes the draft text proposed yesterday by the Commission establishing 6 new priorities to achieve the strategic objectives for the period up to 2020. The draft report goes along the lines of the statement on the EU2020 mid-term review and ET2020 follow-up that was approved at the ESU general assembly in December 2014. However some concerns arise from some approaches taken regarding the purpose of education and the financing systems.
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More restrictions for non-EU students in UK - European Students' Union' warns of danger to education and economy
The UK government  announced new changes to Tier 4 visas which will impose more limitations and restrictions for international students. The right of non-EU college students to work in the UK  whilst studying will be removed and international students will be forced to leave the country immediately upon graduation. European Students' Union (ESU) is disappointed to see such a proposal that will severely affect the situation of international students in the UK and feed into brain gain and brain drain causing a damage for education and economy.
ESU calls on the European Commission to exclude both public and private education from TTIP
The European Students' Union (ESU) stands strongly against the inclusion of education in TTIP, consequently ESU calls on the European Commission to make an exemption to education in the entire agreement for both public and private sector, as it was done with the audiovisual services. Including the provision of privately funded higher education is a significant threat which may lead to a wave of commodification of education and degradation of public responsibility. 
10th European Quality Assurance Forum -Taking stock and looking forward
ESU is glad to announce that it is one of the co-organisers of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF); along with ENQA, EUA and EURASHE. The event will take place on 19-21 November 2015 and is hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency / UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom.
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Reminder: Improving ESU Internal Communications - Migration to Google Apps Completed
From now on, Alfresco Backoffice and ESU webmail systems will not be used anymore. All users were invited to sign in to their new Google accounts, through which they will have access to Board Meeting Documents and other materials shared on Google Drive. Please note that your email address will remain the same (using the domain
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Project News 
ESU to take part in SciChallenge - New Horizon 2020 Project
The European Students' Union is glad to announce that it will take part in SciChallenge - a new project, funded under Horizon 2020 financial instrument. The project focuses on developing novel concepts to actively integrate young boys and girls in science education using a contest-based approach to self-produced digital education materials from young people for young people. ESU's role as a partner will be to spread information, raise awareness and achieve cross-sectoral interaction between research education and industry.
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SAVES first academic year ends with students saving 1.5 million kWh of electricity

The first year of the SAVES project has come to an end and with it the Student Switch Off campaigns for the academic year 2014/2015. The SAVES project encourages 25,000 students living in dormitories in five partner countries (UK, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania) to save energy by means of simple everyday actions. The students participate in energy saving competitions throughout the academic year and win prizes. This year 17% of all students signed up to the campaign (over 4,000 students), with hundreds submitting photos to our competitions, and thousands taking part in our climate quizzes. Read more

Members' News
Malta University Students' Council (KSU) to launch ERASMUS Portal
KSU is working on a new Portal through which students can share their ERASMUS experience.  The website would prove useful for students who did not decide where to go for their ERASMUS, as it will give them extra information derived from practical experience.
Spanish Students' Organization campaign #VotaXLaEducacion shows promising results
During the regional elections that took place the 24th of May, the Spanish Students' Organization (CREUP) organized the campaign #VotaXLaEducacion - based on similar campaigns developed by both, the European Students' Union (ESU) and Danske Studerendes Fællesråd (DSF). The results couldn't be more promising. Out of 13 Autonomous Communities where elections were held, nine governments that signed the campaign's manifesto have been formed.
Baltic student unions agree on how to develop the lifelong learning strategy
At the end of May, the representatives of the national student unions of the Baltic States met in the Innovation and Business Center Mektory in Tallinn, to take part in a conference on development of lifelong learning. As a result the national student unions of the Baltic States came to an agreement on recommendations for the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian governments for developing the lifelong learning strategy.
ESU in the Press

Upcoming Events

28 - 30 September 2015: European Students' Convetion 30

 1-5 December 2015: Board Meeting 69 and Board Meeting Seminar

Current ESU Projects 
Below is a list of projects ESU is participating in as a Partner or Team Leader.