Higher education in European countries

Guest post: Erin Nordal, Executive Committee, European Students’ Union

The internationalization of higher education has become a reality for many, with a systematic increase in both shorter-term student mobility and full-degree mobility in many parts of the world. This plays a key role in enhancing intercultural competencies and understanding, and ultimately enhances the quality of higher education through the introduction of global perspectives in curricula.

As an umbrella organization for 47 national unions of students in 39 countries, the European Students’ Union (ESU) represents over 11 million students in Europe.Internationalization of Higher Education Internationalization is a main area in our work in representing and promoting students’ social, economic and cultural interests.

Key internationalization issues for ESU involve balancing student mobility flows, making mobility a real possibility for all students through improved access strategies, implementing full portability of student financial support and increasing the amount of financial support given to mobile students, as well as guaranteeing the fair and equal treatment of international students.

The last point is often linked with a principle discussion about the motivations and financing of the internationalization of higher education. Fundamental to all of our work is the active engagement and recognition of students as essential stakeholders in the governance of higher education.

Global responsibility and student mobility

A real commitment to balancing student mobility flows is vital for ensuring a long-term, sustainable internationalization of higher education. The European Students’ Union is strongly opposed to the removal of a country’s most talented knowledge communities. Governments and institutions must take responsibility for reducing the risks of brain drain, both within the European community and outside of it.

Intent and results are different things

2011-04-14 11:47:36 by causeimthesquid

What you are doing is subsidizing people to be unemployed.
You subsidize something, you get more of it (why education, green energy, et al is subsidized). I don't doubt the good intentions, but it is reality of events that is more important. By making it profitable to be unemployed, people will remain unemployed longer.
I know you are a bleeding heart and nothing is going to change your mind about this, but for example "unemployment-insurance programs have been found to raise unemployment in many Western European countries in which unemployment rates have been far higher than the current U

Comparison with other countries

2006-08-18 09:27:42 by SciLite

Is certainly a strong indication that comprehensive sex education in schools results in lower teen pregnacy rates. (Easy availibilty of condoms and other contraceptives may also be a factor.) And it's not just the 4 countries in the above link. Among all developed countries, only Russia has a higher pregnacy rate among 15-19 year olds, and only some of the other eastern European contries eveb come close to the US's rate. Some of the contries have teen pregancy rates 6 or 8 times lower than the US's. There's a very strong correlation between good sex education and low pregnacy rates; the Netherlands in particular has very comprehensive sex education program in schools beginning with pre-teens and has a very low teen pregnacy rate

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