Save Erasmus!

This article is part of a series of articles which are being written by the KSU International Office as part of a collaborative effort with the KSU Education Office. It comes at a time when the Erasmus programme is facing long-term uncertainties due to issues with funding from member states.

However, the KSU Education Office would like to point out that despite the current scenario, funding for this academic year has already been secured and local students will still be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

KSU is supporting the European Commission in encouraging EU leaders to sustain the Erasmus programme. If current 2012/3 budgets will not be increased, thousands might potentially miss their chance on a once in a life time opportunity.

This news comes at a time where unemployment amongst youth has substantially increased since the economic crisis and now more than 5 million youths are without a job. KSU thus insists on more investment in education as a solution to the crisis. The ‘Erasmus For All’ programme, set to start in 2014 should tackle this situation and should seek to increase youth opportunity and work on employability.

KSU’s appeal is one; Save Erasmus as well as increase funding for education and youth. This might not be an easy decision and results might not be clear, however in investing in students and young people, Europe will be investing in a better future for all. KSU is in contact with the EU Commission Representation in Malta who are taking part in its own campaign of getting celebrities amongst Europe to sign and a letter for more Erasmus.

KSU is also endorsing the goals of Fraternité 2020 initiative which asks for more funds available for EU exchange programmes, makes sure programmes develop more skills among participants as well as tracks progress in the field of mobility through better monitoring. We encourage everyone to sign the very first European Citizens’ Initiative here: http://en.fraternite2020.eu/sign.html

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The European Students’ Union – Fighting for student rights since 1982

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