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Erasmus Student Network to receive the Médaille Charlemagne 2019

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 13:37

The Erasmus Student Network has been awarded the Charlemagne Medal for European Media (Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens). This medal has been awarded since 2000 in the run-up to the Charlemagne prize ceremonies to a European personality or institution, who or which has or have particularly served the process of European unity and the formation of a European identity in the field of the media. The award ceremony will take place on 23rd May in Aachen.
 

Curious young people open to the world

By awarding this 19th Charlemagne Medal, the board of trustees of the “Médaille Charlemagne” is honouring the network’s services as trans-European. ESN, as a student association, not only supports students in completing a semester abroad but also basically pursues the goal of bringing together people from different cultural backgrounds. In its justification, the board of trustees accordingly states that a united Europe can only function when people start to think of themselves as European (although without losing their national identities). “It is essential that we get to know other countries, their cultures and mentalities for this purpose. Relationships are built up and resentment reduced by studying and living in a different country, by meeting and exchanging views with foreigners. We need curious young people who are open to the world. As supporters of a united Europe, they must stand up for its values. In an age when the voices against a common Europe are growing ever louder, the ESN publicly stands up for a united Europe”.   
 
The Erasmus Student Network is one of the largest, interdisciplinary student organisations in Europe. It looks after exchange students, who usually have a place on the Erasmus programme, and helps them become integrated in the locality. The network is made up of 529 sections in 39 countries throughout the world, which support a total of 350,000 students on Erasmus scholarships.
 

Bringing people together

“Europe is in a deep crisis. It is frightening if you see how negligent we are with the achievements of the last seventy years. I sometimes ask myself the question of how long this Europe will survive and whether, at some time, will lose the basis for awarding the Médaille Charlemagne“, wonders Michael Kayser, chairman of the “Médaille Charlemagne” association, today on the announcement of the current prize winner in Aachen. What is missing is emotions. Many people know Europe nowadays that mainly places the accent on economic aspects, “in contrast, the Erasmus Student Network brings people together and awakes these emotions that are so important to identify with Europe.”

 

Symbol for the future of the European project

The Lord Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, reminds us that a longer period abroad spent learning and working is a whole lot more than just a subject-related part of your education. Associated with this is immersion in another culture, living and thinking in a foreign language and getting to know other points of view. Above all, however, it is encounters with people from different countries that often create life-long friendships and build up professional networks. In his own words: “The Erasmus programme has ensured that precisely this is possible for millions of young Europeans for 32 years now. Particularly in the current difficult times, in which Europe is under pressure, Erasmus is a symbol of hope, one that stands for the future of the European project, for tolerance and acceptance, for cross-border contacts and cooperation, for variety and, at the same time, for European unity.”

 

Europe as an opportunity

Dr. Jürgen Linden, chairman of the Charlemagne Prize directorate, emphasised that inter-state resentment within Europe is becoming ever larger against a united Europe and that the calls for national demarcation are becoming ever louder. According to Dr. Linden, “the best ambassadors for such a Europe are the young people who know Europe not just from the papers or from the news, but who have experienced Europe themselves, who know what it is like to move across a Europe without borders and have gotten to know foreign people and cultures.” He believes that the Erasmus Student Network starts its work precisely at this point: “Exploring the variety of Europe, getting to know other cultures is a major component of this work. Europe is without exception understood as an opportunity. Receptiveness and curiosity toward other people and cultures are decisive factors, which all students should fulfil.“
 

The prize

The prize is donated by the “Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens” association, to which the following institutions belong: the City of Aachen, the City of Maastricht, the German-language society of Belgium, the NRW State Institute for Media  Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH, Arte - the European cultural broadcaster, BBC World News, Deutsche Welle, EOS Entertainment GmbH, Euronews, Discovery Networks Deutschland, Zeitungsverlegerverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V. and Gesellschaft für die Verleihung des Internationalen Karlspreises zu Aachen e. V. The association was founded in 2006 on the initiative of the NRW State Institute for Media and the City of Aachen.

Among the long list of prize winners of the Médaille Charlemagne we can find well-know initiatives as the Eurovision Contest (2016) or the European Film Academy (2014), as well as personalities of the world of arts and letter as the publicist Lord George Weidenfeld, the producer Jan Mojto or the director Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Check more about the Médaille Charlemagne pour les Médias Européens at www.medaille-charlemagne.eu .

ESNsurvey 2019

Sun, 17/03/2019 - 13:02

ESNsurvey 2019 is the 13th edition of the traditional surveys that has started since 2005 made by the ESNsurvey team in order to explore current issues connected to academic and non-academic mobility and education.

 

It is supported by the European Commission and is disseminated in collaboration with 39 countries of the Erasmus Student Network, whose sections are present at more than 1000 Higher Education Institutions around Europe.

This edition covers the topics of Erasmus students and their sense of citizenship in political, civil and social actions. How changed are the lives of these students after their exchanges? What is the impact of Erasmus+ in students who through the programme have the opportunity to meet new cultures, new friends, live in an international environment?

With the questionnaire we aim at understanding the difference between these students and those who never had the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme. Our research is going to focus on the impact of the abroad experience in the participation of international students in society. Does going abroad make students more engaged at a political, civil, and social level? What are the particular aspects of active citizenship gained through the abroad experience? Does this have an impact on their opinion about the European Union, as the entity that finances the Erasmus+ Programme? And on their voting behaviour? How do these elements interact with each other? The findings obtained through the Questionnaire are published and will be used as recommendations to all stakeholders involved in student mobility. The previous ESNsurvey Reports can be found at www.esn.org/research  and we invite you to read the key findings.

YOU CAN FIND THE SURVEY HERE

>>> esn.org/survey2019 <<<

Europa gehört auf den besten Sendeplatz!

Wed, 27/02/2019 - 18:20

In einem offenen Brief und starken proeuropäisch-überparteilichen Schulterschluss wenden sich die Jungen Europäischen Föderalisten Deutschland, die Europa-Union Deutschland, die Europäische Bewegung Deutschland, der Deutsche Bundesjugendring sowie die Parteijugenden Junge Union, Jusos, Grüne Jugend sowie die Jungen Liberalen an ARD und ZDF. Sie fordern die Übertragung des europäischen Spitzenkandidaten-Duells zur Europawahl 2019 in ARD und ZDF zur Primetime. Noch immer haben sich die Sendeanstalten zu dieser wichtigen Frage europäischer Demokratie nicht eindeutig geäußert. Die JEF Deutschland hat diesen Brief im Rahmen ihrer Europawahlkampagne initiiert.

Textlaut des Offenen Briefes:

Sehr geehrter Herr ARD-Vorsitzender Wilhelm,

Sehr geehrter Herr Intendant des ZDF Bellut,        

am 26. Mai 2019 ist Europawahl. Die europäischen Parteifamilien und Parteien haben mittlerweile ihre Spitzenkandidatinnen und Spitzenkandidaten für diese Wahl gekürt. Es kommt jetzt darauf an, für Bürgerinnen und Bürger die Möglichkeit der Information über die unterschiedlichen Personen und Positionen zur Europawahl zu schaffen.

Medien spielen hier eine zentrale Rolle. Wir begrüßen Ihre bereits gemachten Zusagen zu einer ausführlichen europäischen Berichterstattung in 2019. Bei anderen Wahlen in Europa, Bundestags- und Landtagswahlen haben sich allerdings zu Recht TV-Duelle der Spitzenkandidatinnen und Spitzenkandidaten etabliert. 2014 übertrug bereits Phoenix das TV-Duell zur Europawahl. Bereits 2014 forderten aber fast 30.000 Menschen die Übertragung in der ARD und dem ZDF zur Primetime.

Gerade vor der anstehenden Europawahl, die bereits jetzt ungleich mehr Beachtung findet als die Europawahl 2014, muss es 2019 deshalb endlich das TV-Duell der Spitzenkandidatinnen und -kandidaten zur Primetime in ARD oder ZDF geben!

Vor allem mit Hinblick auf Europa ist es wichtig, die demokratische Meinungsbildung zu fördern. Auf diese Weise werden Wählerinnen und Wähler über die verschiedenen Positionen der Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten informiert. Das ist entscheidend für eine funktionierende Demokratie. Gerade in Zeiten, in denen der politische Dialog zunehmend polarisiert ist und ein Austausch zwischen gegensätzlichen Meinungen nur noch sehr selten stattfindet, hilft ein TV-Duell aller Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten, fundierte Entscheidung zu treffen.

Nur zur Primetime in den beiden größten öffentlich-rechtlichen Sendern wird ein, der Bedeutung des Europäischen Parlaments angemessenes, ausreichend großes Publikum erreicht. Sollte ein Kandidat oder eine Kandidatin das TV-Duell nicht in deutscher Sprache bestreiten können, hilft eine Simultanübersetzung. Wir sind uns sicher, dass eine Simultanübersetzung auch bei den Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauern akzeptiert wäre – wie die Ausstrahlung des Eurovision Song Contest zur Primetime zeigt. Die Bedeutung europäischer Demokratie darf nicht von der Sprache ihrer Spitzenkandidatinnen und -kandidaten abhängig gemacht werden!

Als öffentlich-rechtliche Sender haben Sie im Vorfeld der Europawahl 2019 die Chance, aber auch die besondere Verantwortung, mit einem solchen Fernsehduell europäische Geschichte zu schreiben. Wir zählen auf Ihr Mitwirken, die europäische Demokratie zu stärken!

Eine Liste mit allen Unterzeichnern findet ihr auf der Website der Jungen Europäischen Föderalisten Deutschlands

ESN Deutschland nun Teil des VDSI (Verband Deutscher Studierendeninitiativen)

Tue, 26/02/2019 - 16:20

Am vergangenen Wochenende fand der 9. VDSI-Kongress in Hofgeismar bei Kassel statt. Anwesend waren insgesamt 14 Initiativen, darunter auch ESN Deutschland. Wie schon bei vorherigen Nationalen Plattformen in Köln und Halle angekündigt wurde, hat sich ESN nach einem Jahr Beobachterstatus darum bemüht, volles Mitglied zu werden. Bei der offiziellen Mitgliederversammlung des VDSI am Samstag, den 23.02.2019, wurden wir dann durch die anderen Mitgliedsinititativen offiziell in den Dachverband aufgenommen.

Eine kurze Auffrischung: Was ist der VDSI eigentlich? Der VDSI ist ein 2014 gegründeter Dachverband, der seit letztem Samstag insgesamt 13 studentische Initiativen umfasst, die in den verschiedensten Gebieten des studentischen Ehrenamtes angesiedelt sind. Der Leitsatz des VDSI ist, die gemeinsame, gelebte und gehörte Stimme des deutschen studentischen Ehrenamtes zu sein. Die verschiedenen Initiativen haben die Möglichkeit sich zu vernetzen durch sogenannte Lokalrunden, einen gemeinsamen Trainerpool und natürlich die Kongresse, die zweimal jährlich stattfinden. Auch Interessenvertretung gegenüber verschiedenen Hochschulakteuren spielt hier eine Rolle sowie die Möglichkeit auf seine eigene Initiative in der Zeitschrift "Engagier Dich" (in Kooperation mit Campushunter) aufmerksam zu machen.

Wir freuen uns Teil dieses neuen Netzwerks zu sein und erhoffen uns für die Zukunft eine produktive Zusammenarbeit, um gemeinsam das studentische Ehrenamt weiterentwickeln und vor allem sichtbarer für die Gesellschaft machen zu können.

An dieser Stelle möchten wir natürlich dem Vorstand des VDSI danken, der uns in unserem Jahr als Beobachter so tatkräftig unterstützt hat und vor allem auch den anderen Initiativen, die uns so herzlich aufgenommen haben. Wir sind voller Vorfreude auf zukünftige Kooperationen und die Zusammenarbeit an Projekten und gemeinsamen Zielen.

Unsere Vertreter Natalie Simon (2. von links) und Julia Bauer (2. von rechts) zusammen mit dem Vorstand des VDSI, (von links nach rechts) Adrian Schmidt, Jonas Stein, Eric Heide, Mathis Engelbart.

In 2018, Eurosender helped Erasmus students save 100.000 EUR!

Sun, 27/01/2019 - 17:45
Eurosender, the leading platform for shipping services in Europe, has helped Erasmus students to save 100.000 EUR in shipping costs last year, reaching the milestone for the first time. The company currently partners with 54 national and local Erasmus Student Network (ESN) sections from 19 different European countries. Eurosender enables ESN members to redeem exclusive discounts on all shipping services, including package and luggage delivery. “Being an Erasmus student myself I have seen first-hand how indispensable ESN organizations are for international students. I am, therefore, personally excited that Eurosender has become part of the community by making student exchanges even more enjoyable and affordable,” says Tim Potocnik, CEO and cofounder. He also reaffirms commitment to support ESNs activities in the future. “We will continue sponsoring projects and events wherever we can,” Potocnik adds. Eurosender intermediates the shipping of any item, from 2kg packages to furniture and van delivery. The company contracts the world’s most respected courier providers (among which DHL, Kuehne+Nagel, DPD…) and boasts of 70 percent lower prices compared to standard courier rates while offering support in 16 languages. The team acknowledged the 100.000 EUR target by preparing a short report on student shipping habits, based on the shipping requests to Eurosender’s customer support and sales departments*.   See the below infographic for more details. Please note that Eurosender does not recommend shipping liquids and food.    

In 2018, Eurosender helped Erasmus students save 100.000 EUR!

Sun, 27/01/2019 - 17:45
Eurosender, the leading platform for shipping services in Europe, has helped Erasmus students to save 100.000 EUR in shipping costs last year, reaching the milestone for the first time. The company currently partners with 54 national and local Erasmus Student Network (ESN) sections from 19 different European countries. Eurosender enables ESN members to redeem exclusive discounts on all shipping services, including package and luggage delivery. “Being an Erasmus student myself I have seen first-hand how indispensable ESN organizations are for international students. I am, therefore, personally excited that Eurosender has become part of the community by making student exchanges even more enjoyable and affordable,” says Tim Potocnik, CEO and cofounder. He also reaffirms commitment to support ESNs activities in the future. “We will continue sponsoring projects and events wherever we can,” Potocnik adds. Eurosender intermediates the shipping of any item, from 2kg packages to furniture and van delivery. The company contracts the world’s most respected courier providers (among which DHL, Kuehne+Nagel, DPD…) and boasts of 70 percent lower prices compared to standard courier rates while offering support in 16 languages. The team acknowledged the 100.000 EUR target by preparing a short report on student shipping habits, based on the shipping requests to Eurosender’s customer support and sales departments*.   See the below infographic for more details. Please note that Eurosender does not recommend shipping liquids and food.    

Study on 'wanderlust'

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 20:35

We at ESN Germany are dedicated to offering you the best ERASMUS experience we can. To continuously improve our program – evaluation is key. Therefore, this year we have partnered with social scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK for a joint online assessment to better understand how you experience your time in Germany.

To provide us with some feedback on your well-being and cultural adjustment you will be answering a short battery of questions at four times ranging from shortly before you arrive to a few weeks after you will have returned to your home country.

 

Please click on the link below to get started with the first assessment and help us to help you and those who follow you to have an unforgettable time abroad. After all, that’s what the spirit of ERASMUS is all about.

Start the survey

PS: Whichever of the 35 participating ESN Germany sections gets the most students to complete all four assessments is in for a 500€ reward. So go out there and make your ERASMUS friends and hosts proud!

Study on 'wanderlust'

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 20:35

We at ESN Germany are dedicated to offering you the best ERASMUS experience we can. To continuously improve our program – evaluation is key. Therefore, this year we have partnered with social scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK for a joint online assessment to better understand how you experience your time in Germany.

To provide us with some feedback on your well-being and cultural adjustment you will be answering a short battery of questions at four times ranging from shortly before you arrive to a few weeks after you will have returned to your home country.

 

Please click on the link below to get started with the first assessment and help us to help you and those who follow you to have an unforgettable time abroad. After all, that’s what the spirit of ERASMUS is all about.

Start the survey

PS: Whichever of the 35 participating ESN Germany sections gets the most students to complete all four assessments is in for a 500€ reward. So go out there and make your ERASMUS friends and hosts proud!

The ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 16:23
Following over 2 years of consultations, on the 27th of April, the Erasmus Student Network released the #ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto which contains 13 recommendations to improve the successor of the Erasmus+ Programme. The manifesto targets all involved in the conceptualisation and implementation of the Erasmus+ programme, specifically the European Institutions, National Authorities, higher education institutions, and the participants in the programme. Its results are the base of ESN’s stands on the international and national level in the context of upcoming discussions on the funding and shape of the Erasmus+ successor programme. ESN wishes to see the OUTREACH of the programme increased, both in Europe and throughout the world through the use of mass media and new digital tools. We recommend implementing reinforced and inclusive SUPPORT SERVICES to face societal challenges and equip participants with the skills they need to face the challenges of the 21st century. The IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT of the programme should be improved by standardising mobility processes and introducing digital tools to counter bureaucracy and reduce paperwork. We demand full RECOGNITION OF MOBILITY OUTCOMES through better communication, implementing mobility windows and an “integrated Erasmus+ approach” to study and work. Finally, ESN asks for an INCREASED BUDGET FOR MORE QUALITY, OUTREACH, AND TRANSPARENCY to improve the inclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, national support towards mobility, and monitoring and levelling incoming and outgoing students. “The Erasmus+ programme is one the greatest successes of the European Union. The participants of the programme feel more European, understand better their place in society, and develop better skills than their peers. All this combined makes them great ambassadors of the EU and its values. It is having this in mind, and wishing to see an increase in the success of the programme, that has led ESN to present these recommendations in the form of a manifesto.”   - João Pinto, President of the Erasmus Student Network #ErasmusUpgrade is an Erasmus+ KA3 Dialogue with Decision-makers project with input gathered through an online questionnaire with over 1,000 answers, face-to-face consultations with volunteers from across ESN’s 40 member-countries and contributions from International Relations Offices. Results of the consultation were discussed with decision-makers involved in the revision of the Erasmus+ programme during an event which gathered representatives from 25 European countries, including non-EU member states. The project has been organised together with ESN Belgium and funded by JINT. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. Present at over 1000 Higher Education Institutions, it unites over 500 local associations in 40 countries. More than 15,000 volunteers take care of international colleagues under the motto “Students helping students”. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels, and providing an intercultural experience. For more information contact Kacper Olczyk at communication@esn.org and visit www.esn.org. Attachment Files:  Erasmus_Upgrade_Manifesto_DE_final.pdf

The ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 16:23
Following over 2 years of consultations, on the 27th of April, the Erasmus Student Network released the #ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto which contains 13 recommendations to improve the successor of the Erasmus+ Programme. The manifesto targets all involved in the conceptualisation and implementation of the Erasmus+ programme, specifically the European Institutions, National Authorities, higher education institutions, and the participants in the programme. Its results are the base of ESN’s stands on the international and national level in the context of upcoming discussions on the funding and shape of the Erasmus+ successor programme. ESN wishes to see the OUTREACH of the programme increased, both in Europe and throughout the world through the use of mass media and new digital tools. We recommend implementing reinforced and inclusive SUPPORT SERVICES to face societal challenges and equip participants with the skills they need to face the challenges of the 21st century. The IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT of the programme should be improved by standardising mobility processes and introducing digital tools to counter bureaucracy and reduce paperwork. We demand full RECOGNITION OF MOBILITY OUTCOMES through better communication, implementing mobility windows and an “integrated Erasmus+ approach” to study and work. Finally, ESN asks for an INCREASED BUDGET FOR MORE QUALITY, OUTREACH, AND TRANSPARENCY to improve the inclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, national support towards mobility, and monitoring and levelling incoming and outgoing students. “The Erasmus+ programme is one the greatest successes of the European Union. The participants of the programme feel more European, understand better their place in society, and develop better skills than their peers. All this combined makes them great ambassadors of the EU and its values. It is having this in mind, and wishing to see an increase in the success of the programme, that has led ESN to present these recommendations in the form of a manifesto.”   - João Pinto, President of the Erasmus Student Network #ErasmusUpgrade is an Erasmus+ KA3 Dialogue with Decision-makers project with input gathered through an online questionnaire with over 1,000 answers, face-to-face consultations with volunteers from across ESN’s 40 member-countries and contributions from International Relations Offices. Results of the consultation were discussed with decision-makers involved in the revision of the Erasmus+ programme during an event which gathered representatives from 25 European countries, including non-EU member states. The project has been organised together with ESN Belgium and funded by JINT. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. Present at over 1000 Higher Education Institutions, it unites over 500 local associations in 40 countries. More than 15,000 volunteers take care of international colleagues under the motto “Students helping students”. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels, and providing an intercultural experience. For more information contact Kacper Olczyk at communication@esn.org and visit www.esn.org. Attachment Files:  Erasmus_Upgrade_Manifesto_DE_final.pdf

Spree Break 2017

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:39
 The Second Round of our National Event Starts Soon! 

The biggest Erasmus Event in Germany will take place from November 17th till November 19th. Around 800 participants are expected in the capital city on the upcoming weekend. 

 

 

Focus of this event is getting to know Berlin as part of the #CityExplorer. While competing in a scavenger hunt, the Erasmus students will explore all different facades of the city. Again top of the list is the Bundestag, which required a huge amount of preparation for such a big group. On Friday evening, the networking starts in the Club Spindler & Matt. Participants wearing an event ribbon will have free entry but, from 11 pm on, the club will open its doors for everyone.

A special highlight will be the flag parade on Saturday, which gives participants the chance to walk along the streets while carrying the flags of their countries, international flags and being accompanied by music. The topic of this year’s parade is #30JahreErasmus, since we are celebrating 30 years of European education programmes. The parade is going to end at the Mauerpark, where the group will be hedged, symbolising the borders exciting in our world. After a speech of our Education Officer, the fences will be torn down to symbolise the unity of Europe without borders.

This day ends in the Club E4, where interculturality can be celebrated with a Berliner Weiße. Again there will be no entry fee for participants.

Find more information on Spree Break Facebook Page or the official Instagram Account (@esnspreebreak). 

 


 

Spree Break 2017

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:39
 The Second Round of our National Event Starts Soon! 

The biggest Erasmus Event in Germany will take place from November 17th till November 19th. Around 800 participants are expected in the capital city on the upcoming weekend. 

 

 

Focus of this event is getting to know Berlin as part of the #CityExplorer. While competing in a scavenger hunt, the Erasmus students will explore all different facades of the city. Again top of the list is the Bundestag, which required a huge amount of preparation for such a big group. On Friday evening, the networking starts in the Club Spindler & Matt. Participants wearing an event ribbon will have free entry but, from 11 pm on, the club will open its doors for everyone.

A special highlight will be the flag parade on Saturday, which gives participants the chance to walk along the streets while carrying the flags of their countries, international flags and being accompanied by music. The topic of this year’s parade is #30JahreErasmus, since we are celebrating 30 years of European education programmes. The parade is going to end at the Mauerpark, where the group will be hedged, symbolising the borders exciting in our world. After a speech of our Education Officer, the fences will be torn down to symbolise the unity of Europe without borders.

This day ends in the Club E4, where interculturality can be celebrated with a Berliner Weiße. Again there will be no entry fee for participants.

Find more information on Spree Break Facebook Page or the official Instagram Account (@esnspreebreak). 

 


 

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Sun, 30/04/2017 - 19:02
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ESNters the City Dresden

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 17:37

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Am Wochenende vom 24.06.- 26.06.2016 fand das nationale Event des Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Deutschland statt, welches jedes Jahr alle internationalen und Erasmus - Studenten in eine deutsche Stadt einlädt. Das diesjährige Programm war sehr vielfältig: Freitags und sonntags konnten die Studenten die Museen Vorort besuchen. Darüber hinaus gab es die Möglichkeit die Stadt im Rahmen einer gut geplanten und unterhaltsamen City Rallye zu erkunden. Zusammen mit dem internationalen Kooperationspartner Pernod Ricard wurde das Abendprogramm am Freitag gestaltet: Eine Responsible Party, unter dem Motto „Europa tanzt“, lud die internationalen Studenten zum verantwortungsbewussten Feiern ein. Von der zuvor bemerkbar trüben Stimmung aufgrund der Resultate der Brexit - Abstimmung war an diesem Abend nicht mehr viel zu spüren. Die vorgesehene Flaggenparade am darauffolgenden Samstag-Nachmittag setzte darüber hinaus ein deutliches Zeichen:

Mit rund 300 teilnehmenden internationalen Studenten, die u.a. dank des Erasmus+ - Programms einen Auslandsaufenthalts in Deutschland verbringen, wurde sich mitten in Dresden zu einer bunt-auflaufenden Flaggenparade getroffen. Jeder Studierende wurde aufgefordert eine Flagge oder anderweitige auffällige Körperschmuck mitzubringen, die ihr Heimatland in den jeweiligen Farben repräsentierten. Die anfängliche Ansprache des Education Officer von ESN Deutschland, Dorothee Staudt, machte die Wichtigkeit des Zusammenkommens nochmals deutlich: Das bunte Miteinander soll die Vielfältigkeit darstellen, die wir in Europa vereint erleben dürfen. Studierende aus verschiedenen Ländern kamen zusammen, um gemeinsam im Sinne von Europa zu zelebrieren - besonders betont wurde inwiefern durch interkulturelle Dialogen das kulturelle Verständnis zur Erhaltung und Entwicklung der europäischen Gemeinschaft. Der Mobilitätsgedanke sollte dementsprechend motiviert und gefördert werden.

Die Flaggenparade erzielte nicht nur große Begeisterung unter den Mitläufern sondern auch unter den Passanten Dresdens.

Die positive Stimmung wurde von weiteren Sprechern im Anschluss der Parade aufgegriffen: Speziell im Rahmen der Tätigkeiten von ESN und mit den Interessen des Erasmus+ Programms wurden die Vorteile eines Auslandsaufenthaltes nochmals betont und dazu aufgerufen die Erfahrungen im Heimatland zu teilen und junge Leute zur Mobilität zu motivieren.

 

Auch fast zwei Wochen später hinterlässt das Thema Brexit Raum für grundlegende Diskussion über die Auswirkungen auf den britischen und übergreifend auf den europäischen Bildungsbereich. Da die deutschen Studenten/Innen und Akademiker/Innen eine der größten Gruppen bilden, die sich für ihre Mobilitätsperiode für Großbritannien entschieden haben (Bezug zum DAAD: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/hochschulen-brexit-wuerde-akademischen-austausch-erschweren.2165.de.html?dram:article_id=357859), wird deutlich, dass dieses Thema alle europäischen Studierende betrifft. Ein Austritt aus der EU könnte erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Beteiligung Großbritanniens am Erasmus+ Programm haben. Laut eines Updates der britischen NUS (National Union of Students) (Link: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/update-on-higher-education-and-research-after-the-eu-referendum) würde es immerhin keine sofortigen Auswirkungen für europäische Studenten/innen geben. Inwieweit das Referendum mögliche Veränderungen einleitet und welche Folgen dies haben wird, wird in den kommenden Jahren abzuwarten sein.

Gerade jetzt erscheint es uns wichtig, als ehemalige Erasmus-Studenten und jetzige ESNer, darauf zu verweisen, welche Vorteile Programme wie das Erasmus+ - Programm implizieren: Interkulturelles Verständnis und gegenseitige Toleranz sind wichtige Kompetenzen, die durch den Austausch mit anderen Kulturen entwickelt werden können (vgl. Erasmus Impact Study (Link: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1025_de.htm). Im Rahmen des Erasmus+ - Programms bietet die EU die Grundlage für solch einen Austausch zwischen jungen Menschen. Studierende werden so zu Mitgestaltern einer kulturell vielfältigen Gesellschaft, was sich z.B. durch die entstandenen Freundschaften in ganz Europa feststellen lässt.

In diesem Sinne ist zu hoffen, dass in weiteren Verhandlungen und Diskussionen zwischen wichtigen europäischen und britischen Entscheidungsträgern und politischen Mitgestaltern eine „tragfähige Zukunft“ (Bezug HRK (Link: https://www.hrk.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilung/meldung/hrk-praesident-zum-brexit-tiefer-einschnitt-auch-fuer-die-hochschulen-3981/)) thematisiert und die weitere Förderung von Mobilitätsmöglichkeiten unterstützt wird.

 

ESNters the City Dresden

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 17:37

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Am Wochenende vom 24.06.- 26.06.2016 fand das nationale Event des Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Deutschland statt, welches jedes Jahr alle internationalen und Erasmus - Studenten in eine deutsche Stadt einlädt. Das diesjährige Programm war sehr vielfältig: Freitags und sonntags konnten die Studenten die Museen Vorort besuchen. Darüber hinaus gab es die Möglichkeit die Stadt im Rahmen einer gut geplanten und unterhaltsamen City Rallye zu erkunden. Zusammen mit dem internationalen Kooperationspartner Pernod Ricard wurde das Abendprogramm am Freitag gestaltet: Eine Responsible Party, unter dem Motto „Europa tanzt“, lud die internationalen Studenten zum verantwortungsbewussten Feiern ein. Von der zuvor bemerkbar trüben Stimmung aufgrund der Resultate der Brexit - Abstimmung war an diesem Abend nicht mehr viel zu spüren. Die vorgesehene Flaggenparade am darauffolgenden Samstag-Nachmittag setzte darüber hinaus ein deutliches Zeichen:

Mit rund 300 teilnehmenden internationalen Studenten, die u.a. dank des Erasmus+ - Programms einen Auslandsaufenthalts in Deutschland verbringen, wurde sich mitten in Dresden zu einer bunt-auflaufenden Flaggenparade getroffen. Jeder Studierende wurde aufgefordert eine Flagge oder anderweitige auffällige Körperschmuck mitzubringen, die ihr Heimatland in den jeweiligen Farben repräsentierten. Die anfängliche Ansprache des Education Officer von ESN Deutschland, Dorothee Staudt, machte die Wichtigkeit des Zusammenkommens nochmals deutlich: Das bunte Miteinander soll die Vielfältigkeit darstellen, die wir in Europa vereint erleben dürfen. Studierende aus verschiedenen Ländern kamen zusammen, um gemeinsam im Sinne von Europa zu zelebrieren - besonders betont wurde inwiefern durch interkulturelle Dialogen das kulturelle Verständnis zur Erhaltung und Entwicklung der europäischen Gemeinschaft. Der Mobilitätsgedanke sollte dementsprechend motiviert und gefördert werden.

Die Flaggenparade erzielte nicht nur große Begeisterung unter den Mitläufern sondern auch unter den Passanten Dresdens.

Die positive Stimmung wurde von weiteren Sprechern im Anschluss der Parade aufgegriffen: Speziell im Rahmen der Tätigkeiten von ESN und mit den Interessen des Erasmus+ Programms wurden die Vorteile eines Auslandsaufenthaltes nochmals betont und dazu aufgerufen die Erfahrungen im Heimatland zu teilen und junge Leute zur Mobilität zu motivieren.

 

Auch fast zwei Wochen später hinterlässt das Thema Brexit Raum für grundlegende Diskussion über die Auswirkungen auf den britischen und übergreifend auf den europäischen Bildungsbereich. Da die deutschen Studenten/Innen und Akademiker/Innen eine der größten Gruppen bilden, die sich für ihre Mobilitätsperiode für Großbritannien entschieden haben (Bezug zum DAAD: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/hochschulen-brexit-wuerde-akademischen-austausch-erschweren.2165.de.html?dram:article_id=357859), wird deutlich, dass dieses Thema alle europäischen Studierende betrifft. Ein Austritt aus der EU könnte erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Beteiligung Großbritanniens am Erasmus+ Programm haben. Laut eines Updates der britischen NUS (National Union of Students) (Link: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/update-on-higher-education-and-research-after-the-eu-referendum) würde es immerhin keine sofortigen Auswirkungen für europäische Studenten/innen geben. Inwieweit das Referendum mögliche Veränderungen einleitet und welche Folgen dies haben wird, wird in den kommenden Jahren abzuwarten sein.

Gerade jetzt erscheint es uns wichtig, als ehemalige Erasmus-Studenten und jetzige ESNer, darauf zu verweisen, welche Vorteile Programme wie das Erasmus+ - Programm implizieren: Interkulturelles Verständnis und gegenseitige Toleranz sind wichtige Kompetenzen, die durch den Austausch mit anderen Kulturen entwickelt werden können (vgl. Erasmus Impact Study (Link: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1025_de.htm). Im Rahmen des Erasmus+ - Programms bietet die EU die Grundlage für solch einen Austausch zwischen jungen Menschen. Studierende werden so zu Mitgestaltern einer kulturell vielfältigen Gesellschaft, was sich z.B. durch die entstandenen Freundschaften in ganz Europa feststellen lässt.

In diesem Sinne ist zu hoffen, dass in weiteren Verhandlungen und Diskussionen zwischen wichtigen europäischen und britischen Entscheidungsträgern und politischen Mitgestaltern eine „tragfähige Zukunft“ (Bezug HRK (Link: https://www.hrk.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilung/meldung/hrk-praesident-zum-brexit-tiefer-einschnitt-auch-fuer-die-hochschulen-3981/)) thematisiert und die weitere Förderung von Mobilitätsmöglichkeiten unterstützt wird.

 

5 years of Responsible Party in Germany

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 16:35

The fruitful cooperation between Pernod Ricard and the Erasmus Student Network Germany aimed at teaching students to drink responsibly. A detailed press release can be found here.

5 years of Responsible Party in Germany

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 16:35

The fruitful cooperation between Pernod Ricard and the Erasmus Student Network Germany aimed at teaching students to drink responsibly. A detailed press release can be found here.

ESN partners with StudentUniverse to provide students with flight discounts

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:27

StudentUniverse to provide flight discounts to international students studying in Europe

 

StudentUniverse, a leading resource for student travel discounts, today announced that it has partnered with the Erasmus Student Network, the largest student organisation in Europe.

Through the partnership, StudentUniverse will help ESN’s members travel cheaper by providing an additional £15 / €20 discount on top of its already-discounted student and youth fares on the first flight they book with StudentUniverse. StudentUniverse will join other notable ESN partners (including Airbnb, Hostelling International, Eurail.com and The Economist) to serve as a resource for international students and ESN’s local member organisations worldwide.

ESN members will also regularly receive travel tips and ongoing information from StudentUniverse about flight sales and promotions that would be of interest to international students looking to travel during their exchange, or to and from their university at the beginning and end of the semester.

 

We are always looking to partner with organisations that can provide valuable resources for international students and the local member organisations we work with. Travel plays a fundamental role in a student’s Erasmus experience, and by partnering with StudentUniverse we're confident that ESN members will be able to better compare specialty travel pricing for students and book discounted travel deals,” said Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network.

We look forward to working with StudentUniverse to help international students see more of the world, but also to help our member organisations travel to ESN events worldwide by collaborating with StudentUniverse’s Travel Services team for group bookings.

 

 

StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Its Travel Services division handles client requests for groups and custom itineraries.

StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013 and is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year. For more information, please visit http://studentuniverse.co.uk or follow @StudentU_UK on Twitter.

 

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

ESN partners with StudentUniverse to provide students with flight discounts

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:27

StudentUniverse to provide flight discounts to international students studying in Europe

 

StudentUniverse, a leading resource for student travel discounts, today announced that it has partnered with the Erasmus Student Network, the largest student organisation in Europe.

Through the partnership, StudentUniverse will help ESN’s members travel cheaper by providing an additional £15 / €20 discount on top of its already-discounted student and youth fares on the first flight they book with StudentUniverse. StudentUniverse will join other notable ESN partners (including Airbnb, Hostelling International, Eurail.com and The Economist) to serve as a resource for international students and ESN’s local member organisations worldwide.

ESN members will also regularly receive travel tips and ongoing information from StudentUniverse about flight sales and promotions that would be of interest to international students looking to travel during their exchange, or to and from their university at the beginning and end of the semester.

 

We are always looking to partner with organisations that can provide valuable resources for international students and the local member organisations we work with. Travel plays a fundamental role in a student’s Erasmus experience, and by partnering with StudentUniverse we're confident that ESN members will be able to better compare specialty travel pricing for students and book discounted travel deals,” said Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network.

We look forward to working with StudentUniverse to help international students see more of the world, but also to help our member organisations travel to ESN events worldwide by collaborating with StudentUniverse’s Travel Services team for group bookings.

 

 

StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Its Travel Services division handles client requests for groups and custom itineraries.

StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013 and is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year. For more information, please visit http://studentuniverse.co.uk or follow @StudentU_UK on Twitter.

 

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

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