|Lea Meister elected as Chairperson of the European Students' Union|
BERGEN - Lea Meister from Switzerland has been elected as
Chairperson of the European Students' Union (ESU). Along with Lea, two
Vice-Chairpersons, Liva Vikmane (Latvia) and Blazhe Todorovski
(Macedonia) as well as seven Executive Committee members were also
elected at the 70th Board Meeting of ESU taking place in Bergen, Norway,
from 9 to 14 May.|
| Students worldwide sign landmark declaration to unite in a global student voice |
- The European Students' Union (ESU) is glad to announce its formal
adoption of the «The Bergen Declaration» a global declaration drafted
by student activists from South America, North America, Europe, Africa,
Asia, and the Pacific in May 2016. The Norwegian Students' Union (NSO)
and the European Students' Union (ESU) jointly took the initiative to
compose, together with students from across the globe, a document which
demonstrates a statement of values for a global student voice.
|Board Meeting 70 Resolutions|
|Student representation in working groups for new law on higer education |
fully supports the Serbian Student Union (SKONUS) in their efforts to
achieve student representations in all working groups responsible for
drafting the new Law of Higher Education in Serbia. We strongly believe
that students should be considered as partners, or even key stakeholder
when discussing all issues of higher education.
Labour market measures affecting students
the last decade, students' social profile has changed a lot.
Democratisation of higher education (HE) allowed economically
disadvantaged people to access higher education institutions (HEI).
However, social protection systems (grants, health insurance etc...) did
not follow proportionally.
German Federal Constitutional Court about Quality Assurance
of 17th March, the German Federal Constitutional Court decided the
actual implementation of the German Quality Assurance System contradicts
the constitution and therefore changes have to be made till end of
2017. Nevertheless, the German Federal Constitutional Court remarks
through the whole report, that Quality Assurance is a fundamental
element of the higher education system.
|Freedom dies with security|
the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris and Brussels in
2015 and 2016, we could observe a great feeling of insecurity and fear.
Governments all over Europe and beyond started to use the situation to
expand and enforce security measures and therefore restrict personal
freedom of citizens. In the name of counterterrorism, they lowered
public scrutiny of security authorities and strengthened intelligence
|European Students urge the Spanish Government to establish a grant system based on equality|
European Students have reported several times before on the attacks of
the Spanish Government to the equality of its Higher Education System
and to the access to education. The most significant attack has been
the increase in tuition fees and the cuts of the Spanish Student Grant
System, removing access to financial support as a right.
|European Students stand behind Colombian students' and defend their right to speech|
the 1st of May demonstrations in Medellin Colombia, 4 student
activists were detained by the national police when returning home from
the march. The arrest was conducted in unclear circumstances and with
apparent abuses of the minimum judicial guarantees. Students Santiago
Ángel, Juan Camilo Ángel, Cristian Camilo Peña and Alexis Casas
Valencia, members of the Colombian Association of University Students
(ACEU), University of Antioquia and one member of the Colombian
Communist Youth (JUCO) were taken to a police station and stripped from
|ESU welcomes Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture|
very much welcomes the Reference Framework of Competences for
Democratic Culture developed by the Council of Europe. This new
educational tool will be key in helping people teach, learn and measure
|Autonomy and Independence of the student movement in Slovenia is under attack|
April 2016, one of the Slovenian parliamentary parties has proposed
changes to the law on Student Community without any previous notice or
consultation with the representatives of students in Slovenia. ESU and
its' member unions believe that changes to the basic law that deals with
the framework of the student movement in Slovenia without any
consultation with the students is unacceptable and calls upon the
decision-makers in Slovenia to ensure that the opinion of the legal and
legitimate student representatives in Slovenia will be taken into
|An equitable grant system for all students|
stands up for a socially equitable and inclusive higher education
system. It is crucial that everyone who is striving for a higher
education also has the financial possibility to achieve this goal,
regardless of their individual financial situation. Therefore, we are
against financial cuts in education, especially if they concern the
student grant system. Student grants are the only structure providing
the ability to afford studies to everyone, which implies the providing
of accommodation, food and university material.
|Bergen Declaration - uniting for a global student voice|
Bergen Declaration was drafted and agreed on by the participating
NUSes from all over the World during the Global Student Voice seminar in
Bergen. The declaration will be translated in the following weeks, and
made available to endorsements from each of your individual unions.
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|2016 Introduction to ESU's policies in higher education|
In every policy paper ESU seeks to outline our vision for a
truly modern and colegial higher education and student interests. The
following part provides an overview of ESU`s main policy on higher
|2016 Policy Paper on on public responsibility, governance and financing of higher education|
ESU believes that open access to all levels of education is
the cornerstone of a socially, culturally and democratically inclusive
society, and a pre-requisite for individual and societal development
and well-being. ESU sees higher education as a human right, which is
guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.