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Press Release: Supporting Learning Mobility - Reaction on the Declaration by the EU Education Ministers

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:12
Reaction of the Erasmus Student Network on the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education by the European Union Education Ministers

 

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), who has been acting for the enrichment of society through international student mobility for more than 25 years, strongly welcomes the recent declaration of the European Union Education Ministers, not only because of the values it outlines, but also due to the joint commitment expressed by the European Commission and the Member States. ESN would like to highlight some dimensions of the declaration and would like to push for stronger commitment regarding international learning mobility.

In the midst of the terrible events that struck France and Denmark recently, we strongly agree that the first long-term answer lies in renewed commitment and investment in education at all levels. Only a comprehensive educational strategy that places equal attention in developing knowledge and skills and in fostering active citizenship, tolerant and culturally-open attitudes will lead to the desired goals.

ESN also strongly supports the engagement of Member States to foster dialogue between all education stakeholders, in particular associative structures. In fact, involving young people themselves in shaping new education methods and goals is instrumental in creating a sense of ownership and belonging, which is absolutely crucial to successful education.

ESN believes that international learning mobility under all its forms offers extremely high potential to help reach all the goals mentioned along the declaration. Given its central place in 21st century education, mobility should be supported by all authorities, from the local to the European level. Involved parties should not only rely on the Erasmus+ programme, but also encourage local, regional and national mechanisms in order to develop the accessibility and the quality of mobility opportunities.

Regarding Higher Education, the commonly agreed target for 2020 of 20% of Higher Education graduates who would have experienced international learning mobility during their curriculum will not be achieved without a comprehensive commitment from stakeholders at all levels. Therefore, we call the upcoming Ministerial Conference (May 2015, Yerevan - Armenia) to address the question of the accessibility of mobility to all young people and students. This future opportunity should be taken to reach an agreement on clear national recommendations to support mobility as an ideal tool to ensure the multicultural identity of Europe.

The Erasmus Student Network, as a pan-European wide-reaching grassroots civil society organisation, commits to support the European Union and the individual member states in reaching goals expressed in the declaration through the action of its thousands of volunteers, dedicated to the cause of a united and culturally open Europe. ESN equally commits to support mobility in order to make every student’s mobility experience, a quality European citizenship experience.

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Logo competition: Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 18:30

Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) integrate the four higher education associations: Erasmus Mundus Association, Erasmus Students Network, Oceans Network and garagErasmus under one new umbrella.

The new ESAA aims to promote cooperation and mutual understanding among students, who participated in EU higher education programs in different countries. Diversity and internationalization as well as global professional and personal network shape our values. The goal is to create a community, which is sharing a strong European identity, while working on innovative concepts through exchange and bilateral relationships. As “ambassadors” of the EU we want to create and maintain networks and further give opportunities for people-to-people communication and debate. The promotion of studying abroad is a relevant aspect of the EU external relations to foster the European identity.

The following criteria apply:

  • The acronym ESAA should be kept clear and the logo needs to mention the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association
  • Be as creative as possible, illustrate a fresh and progressively depict of the essence of the four organizations and the specific values that unite us

We can’t wait to receive your jaw-dropping logo designs with the title “ESAA”.

Please send your design to Pavan K Sriram (vice.president@em-a.eu), who is the coordinator of the task from EMA.

Deadline: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 (29:59)

Award: the winner of the call receives an iPad! The winning logo will become the recognized symbol of ESAA and will be officially unveiled during the kick-off event in Brussels on June 11th, 2015.

More information: Erasmus+Erasmus Mundus AssociationErasmus Student NetworkgaragErasmusOCEANS Network
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ESN sharing ideas for a better Europe - EYE Hearings 2015

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:17

In 2014, the European Youth Event (EYE2014) brought together more than 6000 young Europeans aged between 16 and 30. The event was organised by the European Parliament in close collaboration with the European Youth Forum.

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) had the opportunity to be present with over 40 delegates to attend some of the 200 panels and workshops, to present the organisation during the YO!Fest and to experience the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

As a follow-up of the event, the European Parliament organised hearings in some selected Committees. Our President, Stefan Jahnke, who was also a speaker during the EYE in 2014, had the chance to share some of the 600 ideas that were generated during the event to those committees.


Who says young people don’t want to get involved? Read more from @Europarl_EN #EYEHearings http://t.co/zaUbSCvyM4 pic.twitter.com/JM5tvrN5LG

— European Youth Event (@EP_YouthEvent) February 3, 2015

 

The hearings ensure an effective political follow-up and gave young people the chance to bring additional attention to some of the ideas. Around 70 Members of the European Parliament reacted directly to the ideas and stimulated a lively debate also on Social Media channels such as Twitter.

Stefan had the chance to present ideas to two different Committees: LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) and ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety). If you are interested in learning more about the EYE2014 hearings find more information in the following video materials:

 

Stefan describing his experience of the LIBE Committee:

 

Stefan describing his experience of the ENVI Committee:

 

Stefan discussing the EYE2014 hearings (in German):

  Post by European Parliament.

 

Find following some reactions by Members of the European Parliament on Twitter:


"Politics should be 1 click away" Great to hear @StefanJahnke speaking 21st century common sense #EYEHearings @EP_Justice @EP_YouthEvent

— Julie Ward MEP (@julie4nw) January 22, 2015

Good to hear enthusiastic presentations from young @EP_YouthEvent participants @stefanJahnke @leonardoPalumbo pic.twitter.com/es8HO06bVs

— Catherine Bearder (@catherinemep) January 29, 2015

.@yankeeu & @StefanJahnke addressing #ENVI cttee w/@EP_YouthEvent; clear calls for action on waste & environment pic.twitter.com/rXFln2IyjY

— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) January 29, 2015

Thanks to @StefanJahnke & @yankeeu. #EYEHearings are over, but we won't stop circulating ideas for a better Europe! pic.twitter.com/jLHrTVTIEs

— European Youth Event (@EP_YouthEvent) January 29, 2015

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UNAOC - EF Education First Summer School 2015

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 11:45

Make a difference - Be one of 75 youth for change.

Get selected for the joint summer school by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and EF Education First. At the UNAOC-EF Summer School you will:

  • Address and find solutions to pressing global challenges within the context of cultural and religious diversity;
  • Develop an international network and leverage it to create positive social change – locally and globally;
  • Get global and local pictures by visiting United Nations Headquarters and special interest excursions in Manhattan and greater New York area.

Selected participants will be provided with flight, accommodation, meals and full event access.

Apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by March 09, 2015, here: www.UNAOCEFSummerSchool.org

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IE Summer School 2015 in Madrid!

Fri, 06/02/2015 - 15:31

 

IE Summer School 2015

Live a one-of-a-kind experience at IE's Summer School in Madrid.

Click here to register today!

What will you learn?

  • During the three weeks at IE, you will have the opportunity to take classes with an outstanding faculty, the same that teach our internationally recognized master degrees.
  • The focus during the first week will be on developing your soft skills (team building, leadership, communication, design thinking).
  • The second week is designed to give students a well-rounded view of the different areas that make up modern organizations. Students will participate in dynamic sessions on subjects as diverse as Communication, Marketing, Finance, Big Data or Strategy.

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Welcome to the new ESN.org!

Wed, 04/02/2015 - 16:24

We are happy to announce the brand-new ESN.org! The website has gone through a major makeover.
It is designed for you. We care that you find all the necessary information quickly and in the most intuitive way. Enjoy the new design, new features and content!

Quick guide through the new structure:

  • For students: All the information you need as a student, whether you want to go abroad, you are currently on exchange or you are missing your experience in another country. Use our free online services and find out how to join us, too!
  • Media: Latest news, newsletters and the ESN publications.
  • Policy: What ESN stands for, who we work for, the numerous research projects we conduct to advocate for student mobility and the policy papers.
  • Projects: Main information about the ESN international projects. Now refreshed, with dedicated Facebook page feeds and videos!
  • External Relations: Meet our corporate partners, institutions and organisations that we work with! Find information about the EU projects that we take part in.
  • About: All the main information about the Erasmus Student Network! Meet the people working from the Headquarters in Brussels and find the directory of our local sections.

Enjoy the new experience and stay tuned for even more updates!

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EU Studies Fair 2015

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 10:30

On 6-7 February 2015, European Voice is organising the 16th edition of its EU Studies Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

The EU Studies Fair is an education and networking event bringing together international students, top-level universities and representatives of the EU institutions. Day one consists of two seminars and visits to the EU Institutions. Day two is a course exhibition with view to international universities – from European, US and Asia - introducing their degrees to high caliber international students.

Over 50 academic institutions from across the world are expected to be present at the event to provide information about their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in EU studies, international relations, business, economics and law. Around 700 prospective students and young professionals are also expected to attend.

The event programme will include a keynote address by a senior representative from the DG Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth of the European Commission, and seminars on the topics of European and international studies and Business and Law. For more information about the event, see the poster here or visit: www.eustudiesfair.com and follow us on Facebook.

Online registration now open at www.eustudiesfair.com

To learn more about European Voice: www.europeanvoice.com

To learn more about the EU Studies Fair: www.eustudiesfair.com

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EU Studies Fair 2015

Thu, 15/01/2015 - 10:30
Brussels, Belgium - 6-7th of February 2015

On 6-7 February 2015, European Voice is organising the 16th edition of its EU Studies Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

The EU Studies Fair is an education and networking event bringing together international students, top-level universities and representatives of the EU institutions. Day one consists of two seminars and visits to the EU Institutions. Day two is a course exhibition with view to international universities – from European, US and Asia - introducing their degrees to high caliber international students.

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The Erasmus Student Network participated successfully in the Lifelong Learning Week

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 18:50

The Erasmus Student Network actively participated in the fourth LLL-week that took place from the 8th to 11th of December in the premises of the European Parliament. Several organisations participated together with ESN in the LLL fair where several promotional materials were distributed to stakeholders and decision makers such as MEPs and different state representatives. ESN had a successful representation and actively contributed to the debates and panel discussions organised by EUCIS-LLL. 

During the week ESN took the opportunity to promote mobility, to disseminate our research studies results and provide information about student mobility. The focus was on the three pillars of EUCIS-LLL's European Manifesto 'Building together the future of learning',  ensuring accessible and quality learning for allinvesting in the social dimension of lifelong learning and bringing the EU closer to its citizens

The aim of the Lifelong Learning Week is to raise awareness of lifelong learning, to bring visibility and create synergy between the work achieved by EUCIS-LLL and its members in 2014.

The manifesto intends to be accessible and to ensure quality learning for all by investing in lifelong learning. 

Through the Lifelong Learning Week, EUCIS-LLL aims to send strong messages on lifelong learning to policy-makers and Members of European Parliament. 

You can find here the activities that were done during that week:

2-5 December

Tuesday 2 December

Tuesday 9 December

Wednesday 10 December

Thursday 11 December

The LLL-Week concluded with a cocktail reception hosted by the MEP Julie Ward (S&D, UK) and chaired by David Lopez, EUCIS-LLL President, who shared with organisation the success of her personal achievements hanks to lifelong learning. 

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The Erasmus Student Network participated successfully in the Lifelong Learning Week

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 18:50
During the week ESN took the opportunity to promote mobility, to disseminate our research studies results and provide information about student mobility.

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[Open Call] Web Project Internship within ESN AISBL

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:48
Internship position for 6 months on ICT

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest network of student organizations in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and its aim is to support and develop student mobility. Every year, ESN maintains and developed several IT tools such as ESN Galaxy, ESN Satellite, ESN.org etc.

ESN offers an IT Internship position for students in higher education to work on the web projects of ESN.

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[Open Call] Web Project Internship within ESN AISBL

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:48
Internship position for 6 months on ICT

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest network of student organizations in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and its aim is to support and develop student mobility. Every year, ESN maintains and developed several IT tools such as ESN Galaxy, ESN Satellite, ESN.org etc.

ESN offers an IT Internship position for students in higher education to work on the web projects of ESN.

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25 Years of Youth Empowering Youth - Mov'in Europe Conference and Ambassadors Programme

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:10

ESN celebrates 25 years of Youth Empowering Youth through Mov’in Europe conference "International Youth Mobility - Beyond the Erasmus+ programme" that was hosted by MEP Therese Comodini Cachia at the European Parliament on Monday, November 17th.

In the framework of the ESN Mov'in Europe project, a high-level conference was organised to discuss current issues regarding international youth learning mobility.

 

The conference

The morning session was held at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Therese Comodini (Malta). The conference was attended by approximately 70 participants representing over 30 different countries. Youth Organisations, National Agencies and members of various European institutions were represented among the participants.

​​MEP Comodini addressed the participants, stressing the fact that "mobility is a key factor that empowers students, providing them with transversal skills and enhancing their employability”.

"Most business happens across borders. Take the challenge and be mobile! " - @ComodiniCachia at the #MovinEurope conference @Europarl_EN

— ESN International (@ESN_Int) November 17, 2014

 

Several initiatives were introduced to and discussed with participants. The European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM) was presented by Davide Cappechi, programme coordinator of the EU-CoE Youth Partnership. 

The EPLM is an open participatory space for exchange and cooperation between practitioners, researchers and policy makers. This platform fosters cooperation between all stakeholders involved in learning mobility in order to facilitate working towards a higher quality of mobility.

Mov'in Europe Coordinator Valentin Dupouey presented and officially launched the Mov'in Europe Ambassadors programme, an ESN initiative aimed at providing direct information about mobility to young people in local communities through the help of ambassadors.

 

We are launching the #MovinEurope Ambassadors programme at the @ESN_Int conference at the @Europarl_EN in Brussels http://t.co/uJ84SOgqR7

— Mov'in Europe (@MovinEurope) November 17, 2014

 

Finally, OBESSU was given the opportunity to present their Global Call to Action, launched on November 17th, International Students Day. OBESSU and their partners call for education systems that are free of costs and fees for students, while also remaining free of discrimination and free of fear.

All speakers unanimously agreed on the importance of learning mobility, not only as a crucial part of the formal education curriculum, but also as a strong lever for personal development and active citizenship.


Video reportage from the office of the MEP Comodini Cachia. Interviews with the ESN President Stefan Jahnke and representatives of ESN involved in policy.

    Workshop sessions

Morning sessions provided food for thought for the afternoon workshop session that was held within the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Participants gathered in the University in order to collectively attempt to find a solution to some current challenges faced by international youth learning mobility.

How can we ensure better and wider accessibility to mobility? How can we turn international mobility into active citizenship? How can we ensure optimal recognition of mobility? These are some of the questions that participants were asked, all experts in the field of youth and student mobility.

The outcomes of these fruitful sessions will be used and promoted by ESN in its effort to constantly work towards a higher quality of mobility.

  More information

The Mov’in Europe project can be followed on social media networks or on the website www.movineurope.esn.org .

For more information, please contact: Emanuela Del Savio secretariat@esn.org (tel.: +32 2 256 74 2) or Valentin Dupouey, project coordinator at movineurope-coordinator@esn.org

Erasmus Student Network (ESN), a non-profit international student organisation with the mission to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. ESN has 13.500 members from 460 local associations in 37 countries working on a volunteer basis in Higher Education Institutions. ESN offers its services to more than 180.000 students annually.

 

 

Thank you for the support!

The event has been organised with the support of the Council of Europe through the Work Plan grant of the European Youth Foundation and was hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Therese Comodini Cachia.

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Press Release: 25 Years of Youth Empowering Youth - Mov'in Europe Conference and Ambassadors Programme

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:10
International Youth Mobility - Beyond the Erasmus+ programme

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Press Release: 25 Years of Youth Empowering Youth - Mov'in Europe Conference and Ambassadors Programme

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:10
International Youth Mobility - Beyond the Erasmus+ programme

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Outcomes of the 3rd European Education Training and Youth Forum 2014

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 18:40

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014. Focused on the future priorities of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020) for cooperation in education and training and synergies with youth policies, the Forum gathered more than 400 participants representing civil society, institutions and national authorities. Opening speeches were given by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, outgoing European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Ms Silvia Costa, Chair of the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament, and Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission.During her last speech as European Commissioner, Ms Vassiliou stressed the developments in cooperation with civil society that visibly increased in the past years. One of the best examples is this Forum, which develops a dialogue between stakeholders, civil society and European Institutions, resulting in a better cooperation and stronger results. Just as the other speakers, Ms Vassiliou stressed the employability question which is nowadays mentioned very often in links with employment, and reflected in the new structure of the European Commission, dividing skills and competences from the education portfolio, and placing it under the competencies of the DG for Employment.

One of the focuses of the Forum was the review of ET2020. Published in 2009, this document serves as the strategic framework for the developments in the education and training agenda in the period between 2010 and 2020. Earlier this year, the European Commission has sent a call for consultation on the review of ET2020 in which ESN took part. Participants of the Forum were presented with the outcomes of the review based on the stakeholders’ survey. The survey showed the highest positive impact in the areas of lifelong learning, quality and efficiency in education and training, and mobility. At the same time, areas such as governance and funding or equity, social cohesion and active citizenship show more space for improvements. Based on the outcomes of the survey, discussions from the Forum, as well as on the other inputs received, the Commission will publish a reviewed version with adjusted benchmarks for the following 5 years.

Workshops at the Forum were following the priorities of the ET2020 Framework. Erasmus Student Network followed the topic of low-skills trap and equity, social cohesion and active citizenship as well as recognition of skills. Here, we discussed recommendations that should feed into the review of ET2020.  We hope to see some of the proposals having an effect on the linked European policies and activities in the upcoming years.

Find the forum report here.

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Outcomes of the 3rd European Education Training and Youth Forum 2014

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 18:40
ETYF2014: Priorities for Education and Training

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014. Focused on the future priorities of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020) for cooperation in education and training and synergies with youth policies, the Forum gathered more than 400 participants representing civil society, institutions and national authorities.

read more

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Outcomes of the 3rd European Education Training and Youth Forum 2014

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 18:40
ETYF2014: Priorities for Education and Training

On 9 and 10 October 2014, the European Commission organised in Brussels the annual European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2014. Focused on the future priorities of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020) for cooperation in education and training and synergies with youth policies, the Forum gathered more than 400 participants representing civil society, institutions and national authorities.

read more

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