The National Unions of Students in Europe (branded and known as ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. Through the members it represents over 15 mln students in Europe.
Being the only European-wide student platform ESIB represents and promotes the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the EU, BFUG (co-chairing the work group on social dimension), Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESIB builds capacity of its members on policy developments in higher education (HE) at the European level and aims on influencing the HE agenda.
ESU has been actively involved, in designing and promoting the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), being one of the four founders (EUA, EURASHE, ESIB and ENQA) of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Since 2012, ESU received a BFUG mandate to co-chair Social dimension working group and one of the action lines of the working group is to support widening access to education through innovative pedagogical approaches.
We support our members through organising relevant seminars, training, campaigns and conferences; conducting European-wide research, partnership projects and campaigns; providing information services and producing various publications for students, policy-makers and HE professionals.
ESU works to build capacity of national student representatives on policy developments in higher education at the European level and aims on influencing the respective agenda. Since decisions concerning higher education are increasingly taken at the European level, ESIB’s role as the only European-wide student platform is similarly growing.
One of the main interests and priorities of ESU for many years has been the enhancing of student centred education. With its policy paper – “2008 Towards 2020 – A Student-Centred Bologna Process” it is specifically mentioned that “ESU is committed to a European Higher Education Area that promotes and delivers high quality, student centred education”
Moreover, during 2009 – 2010, in partnership with Education International, ESU developed the “Time for a New Paradigm in Higher Education – Student Centred Learning” – T4SCL, when for the first time, students and teachers tried to find together the most appropriate and acceptable definition of this concept and to provide support to all the stakeholdersin higher education area for a better understanding of it by designing the SCL Toolkit.
Initiating and coordinating PASCL project makes a logical next step on the pursue of enhancing student centred learning since its main aim is to provide an overview of SCL policy and practice in EHEA after the Leuven Communique, as well as explore and present the progress of implementation of the paradigm shift towards SCL.
ESU is the initiator and coordinator of the project having the responsibility of the overall implementation of the project, as well as leading the WP 1 ‘’Overview on SCL in Higher Education in Europe’’ and contributing to all the project activities.
ESU, as lead partner, organises the work of the project team and has the responsibility to ensure the internal and external communication, to deliver the official reports, to assure the timely and appropriate participation in the activities assigned to the organisation and the achievement of the objectives of the project.
Elisabeth Gehrke, ESIB Chairperson
Erin Nordal, ESIB Vice-Chairperson
Blazhe Todorovski, ESIB Executive Committee Member
Tijana Isoski, ESIB Executive Committee Member
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