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Live broadcast from the European Students’ Convention

KAUNAS – The 26th European Students’ Convention (ESC26), held from 20 to 22 September in Kaunas, Lithuania, is broadcasted live online. Everyone interested in the topic of internationalisation of the European Higher Education Area and its impact on the external policy of the European Union will therefore be able to follow the panel debates and discussions from wherever they may be by clicking here.

Over one hundred student representatives attend this event to exchange opinions about this important issue. Among the sessions that will be organised during ESC26 in Kaunas are discussions on the current trends in the internationalisation of higher education, students’ access to mobility, recognition of prior learning and open educational resources. Additionally, a session on the European elections in 2014 and student activism in the Eastern Partnership countries will be facilitated.

Several guest speakers will attend the event this time, including Dainius Pavalkis, the Minister of Education and Science in Lithuania, Petras Baršauskas, Dean at the Kaunas University of Technology, Manja Klemencic, Postdoctoral Fellow in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Associate Research Fellow at Centre of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Ljubljana, and Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network.

The European Students’ Convention is a biannual event organised by ESU in collaboration with the national unions of students in the country where the conference is held. Previous conventions have showed that they are an important contribution to higher education policies in Europe and the one in Kaunas will bring students’ perspectives directly into the policy-making processes on the internationalisation of higher education systems.

Following is the agenda of the conference:

September 20, 2013 (Day 1)

8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 Tendencies for Internationalisation of EHEA
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 European Higher Education in the World
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Portability of Grants and Loans
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:15 European Values: Discrimination of Minorities in Higher Education
17:15 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 19:00 Mapping Student Activism in Eastern Partnership countries
20:00 – 22:00 Reception hosted by Andrius Kupcinskas, Mayor of Kaunas

September 21, 2013 (Day 2)
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 Session A: 2014 European Parliament Elections. Session B: Commodification vs Mobility Session
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session A: Recognition of Qualifications and Periods of Study; Where Does the ‘Automatic’ Fit? Session B: Internationalisation at Home
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Access to Mobility
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:15  Session A. MOOCs vs Bologna Process. Session B. Quality Assurance, Feedback and Internationalisation

September 22, 2013 (Day 3)
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 Workshop on Drafting Kaunas Declaration
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Policy Paper Discussion and Presentation of the Declaration.
13:00 – … Departure of participants


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For more information, please contact:

Rok Primozic, ESU 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 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 ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.


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