This post is the first in a series of articles which are being written by the KSU International Office as part of a collaborative effort with the KSU Education Office. Future articles will feature updates on international education-related affairs such as Erasmus, ESU conferences and more.
This year ESU (European Students’ Union) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The aim of this organisation is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies such as the EU, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Headquarter in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 38 European countries. Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.
ESU promotes a higher education system based on the values of quality, equity and accessibility for all. Another important aim for ESU is to be renowned and respected as a source of expertise on higher education policy at all institutional levels and to build links and foster an exchange of information, ideas and experiences among students and student platforms at a regional and global level.
Some projects which ESU are currently involved in are: SAGE (Student Advancement of Graduate Employability), FINST (Financing the Students’ Future) and QUEST (Quest for Quality for Students). Through these projects, ESU are constantly putting pressures on International Institutions as well as National Governments to push for better Higher Education standards and funding, as well as for more student opportunities after they graduate.
At the end of November, KSU will be hosting a seminar on improving student involvement as well as organise ESU’s 63rd Board Meeting. This will be a great opportunity to get local academics and politicians involved in ESU’s work and mission. In these past 30 years, ESU have always fought for students’ rights in their respective countries. Currently, ESU is putting needed pressure on the EU Commission and Member States to ensure ERASMUS funding for the coming year and for years to come, as it is a project which has positively affected many students’ in recent years.
To keep up-to-date on ESU’s day-to-day work, one can follow their facebook and twitter pages. You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter and get involved with any of their international opportunities.
KSU INTERNATIONAL OFFICE 2012/3
Albert Camilleri & Timmy Borg Olivier