The European Students' Union monthly newsletter

Issue: February 2016 

Dear readers,

This month we are glad to announce you that ESU were accepted to the ET2020 Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education for the mandate January 2016 - June 2018.

Furthermore, to provide high-quality capacity building services for our members, we launched a new pool of trainers who will provide consultancy to our members on various topics, from project management to advocacy and communication.

On the downside, we are disappointed by the latest attacks on academic freedom in countries such as Turkey and Egypt - yet another sign of how education can be seen as a threat to various regimes.    

ESU team
New EU's Education and Training 2020 (ET2020) working groups kick off
For first time, the membership of the all the working groups is open by default to stakeholder organisations. The European Students' Union has became member of the Working Group on the Modernization of Higher Education for the mandate January 2016 - June 2018.
Academic freedom in Egypt: We need justice for PhD student killed in Egypt
Giulio Regeni, a 28 years old Italian PhD student at the University of Cambridge, has been killed in Egypt while conducting researches for his thesis.
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ESU launches new Pool of Trainers
We encourage all our members to make use of ESU's New Pool of Trainers. Besides the provision of training events, the trainers will also be able to deliver consultancy services and provide a wide range of advice to members, based on their experience.
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Letter to President Erdogan: Threat to Academic freedom in Turkey
EI/ETUCE and ESU are appalled and dismayed by the recent terrifying reports on the official reactions to the action of more than thousand academics who signed an open call for peace. In that petition, the scholars had criticized the Turkish government for its exceptionally harsh approach taken in the Kurdish region in South-East Turkey. The Turkish Higher Education and Research representatives asked the government to end the ongoing violence and to resume negotiations on the peace process with the Kurds.
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Publish your work in ESU Student Voice
We are looking for ideas from students across Europe and the globe to be published in the monthly newsletter "The Student Voice". Participants are asked to write a short essay on the topic of international cooperation in student rightsThe winning article will be published in ESU's newsletter "The Student Voice" which is distributed to EU policy-makers, academia, students and various stakeholders in higher education.
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Project News
Kick-Off ot the new project on Quality of Career Services in Higher Education
In 2016 ESU, together with its partners, started to work on a new project: Quality Assurance of Career Services in Higher Education (QAREER). At the end of January participating organizations met in Bucharest to discuss the activities scheduled for upcoming months.
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PASCL: Final Conference on Student-Centred Learning
The last event to be organised during the project lifetime is planned to take place in Brussels with a targeted participation of around 60 people, mainly relevant stakeholders, policy and decision makers at European and national level, but also representatives of students and HEI staff.

The aim of the 2-day Final Conference is to present the final outcomes of the project and the plans for further developments, inviting the participants to become active supporters of PASCL tool for a higher qualitative education in Europe.  

Awards ceremony will be organised to give recognition to the best practises identified in implementing SCL/ excellence in teaching.   ESU, as hosting organisation will coordinate the preparations and the event organising phases, with the support of all the members of the consortium, especially CEU which has experience in organizing such awards
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Join the final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study
The final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study will take place on 15th March 2016 in Berlin. The seminar is open to all those interested in the prospects for a European graduate study, including researchers, decision makers, HE professionals, and stakeholder organisations in the field of HE. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to get involved, among others, in workshops to interactively discuss the recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Further information on the programme, registration, and practicalities are available at Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected]
Deadline for registration is Monday, 29
th February 2016
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ESU joined new EU-funded project BizMOOC
On the 1st of January 2016, the new European-wide Knowledge Alliance, BizMOOC took off and is set to run over a period of 3 years. This project tackles the European challenge of enabling businesses, labour force and HEIs to increase their activities and exploitation of the MOOC potential.
Members' News
SYL: Want to stay, but forced to leave
In what light do international students and youth see Finland? Racism is present every day and asylum seekers fear fire bomb strikes. To get even an interview when applying for a job, you often need to be fluent in Finnish and have a Finnish-sounding name. The bureaucracy is difficult to master
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SRVS: Slovak Teachers on Strike
Elementary and high school teachers have said a resolute "NO" and decided to start a fight for better education in Slovakia. Even though their requests have not been responded to, their courage to begin an active strike made an impact. By organizing a variety of activities like Babysitting Day, the teachers pointed out that they are often being misperceived as babysitters.
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SAMOK: Finnish Higher Education Institutes introduce tuition fees to non-EU/EEA students
On 14th of December 2015 the government of Finland made the decision to require higher education institutions (HEIs) to introduce tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students. The amount that the HEI have to collect starts from 1500 euros per year, but institutes can choose to have higher fees. The HEIs can collect fees from the beginning of 2016, but must do so by 1.8.2017. The HEIs must have a scholarship scheme for non-EU/EEA students in place to be allowed to charge fees.
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A greeting from National union of university students in Finland SYL
2015 was an eventful year for students. As we are all well aware of, the Finnish Government decided on cutbacks for several hundred million euro in education, and we are still waiting to see what the consequences will be. Year 2016 promises to be as eventful. This is the year is when what was decided last year will be implemented. In addition, there are other substantial long term development processes going on.
ESU in the Press

Upcoming Events

9-12 March 2016: European Students' Convention 31
 9-14 May 2016: Board Meeting 70 and Board Meeting Seminar

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)

Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice (EQUIP)
European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching (EFFECT)

Quality of Career Services in Higher Education (QAREER)