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FINST conference highlights differences in European financing systems

BRUSSELS – On Tuesday 29 January, the European Students Union (ESU) will present the outcomes of a research on how various financing systems affect students. The study reveals a country and regional based comparison exposing many differences in funding systems from a Pan-European perspective.

The findings of this research will be published in a publication that will be presented at a conference organised by ESU at the Office of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol in Brussels.  This occasion will also mark the introduction of the Financing Students Toolkit providing students support and advices on how they can lobby and campaign for more public investments in higher education.

For the past few years, the spotlight has been on the financing side of higher education in Europe. Therefore, this conference will be an interesting input to any debates amongst policy makers, researchers, journalists, students and other stakeholders on higher education in Europe. It is also very important to take students’ views into account and have them on-board when shaping higher education policy. Thus, this study will prove to be a valuable contribution to that effort and a source of further discussions on the topic.

More money for education

One of ESU’s main priorities has been to promote education as a public good and ESU’s project on Financing the Students’ Future, or FINST for short, has been a respected resource for that mission. The final results of that project, which was originally launched in 2009 with funding from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, will be available in the FINST Compendium presented at the conference.

ESU’s vice-chair Rok Primozic is one of the main coordinators behind the research. He says he is very excited about the final conference for FINST. “I hope as many as possible will be able to join us in Brussels. We have been working hard on this research for the past three years and we are confident that it will be a useful toolkit for anyone interested in investigating the linkage between higher education and financing policies,” says Primozic.

ESU has worked on the project in close cooperation with three partner unions, namely the national unions of students in Estonia (EUL), Austria (ÖH) and the United Kingdom (NUS-UK) as well as the service institution for higher education in Germany (HIS).

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send us an e-mail to with the headline ‘FINST Final Conference Registration’.

Please visit the event’s page for more information and the full agenda.

Please see the project’s website for more information about FINST.

The hashtag for discussions on FINST on Twitter is #FINST

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For more information, please contact:

Rok Primozic, ESU Vice-Chairperson: +32/479.126.390 // or Robert Hlynur Baldursson, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 //

The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 38 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 ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.


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