06.03.2015
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CoSMiCE publication presented with a new students’ union directory

VIENNA – The Student Council for Higher Education in the Slovak Republic (SRVS) and the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) have published the outcomes of a project called “Challenges of Student Mobility in a Cosmopolitan Europe (CoSMiCE)”.

Several case studies were carried out as part of this project. They are compiled in a single publication that also analyses the current challenges and limitations that students face in Europe in relation to student mobility. More than ten authors contributed to this publication by bringing their experience and skills into the group’s work. With this information, it was possible to provide an overview of subjects such as degree mobility and international cooperation.

The subject of degree mobility is very important in discussions on the European Higher Education Area. The CoSMiCE project links challenges and barriers to degree mobility, as they are perceived by students, to raise awareness about this process. The publication unveils problems in the implementation of the Bologna process that are largely due to internal competition among countries. It also provides arguments for social standards and why they must be taken into account in any efforts to enhance student mobility.

This publication follows-up on discussions that took place at a seminar in Bratislava, Slovakia, in April 2014. It was co-organised by the European Students’ Union and the Slovak and Austrian unions.

Moreover, the unions developed a new interactive platform online for profound networking among students’ unions http://sudo.oeh.at/en/map/. This map functions as a directory of a number of active student organisations around the world, further strengthening global cooperation among students. The European Students’ Union had previously operated a Global Cooperation Working Group with this aim, and welcomes this new input of the Austrian and Slovak unions to international cooperation among students.

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For more information, please contact:

Elisabeth Gehrke, ESU Chairperson: +32/479.591.499 // elisabeth@esu-online.org or Robert Hlynur Baldursson, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 // robert@esu-online.org

The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries. ESU represents and promotes the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level. Through its member unions, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe. To find out more about ESU, follow us on Twitter @ESUtwt, check out or Facebook page or visit www.esu-online.org. ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.

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