18.09.2009
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Students go to Stockholm to discuss social dimension reality check

ESU’s upcoming convention “Social Dimension – The Lost Dimension?” will focus on the social dimension of higher education. The social dimension has been one of the most neglected priorities within the Bologna Process in the past 10 years, even though almost all the communiqués from the education ministers make a strong case for inserting it as a high priority on the agendas of national authorities in Europe.

– During the seminar we will do a reality check of the current status of the social dimension at the national and European level, says Alma Joensen, Executive Committee member and coordinator of the Social Affairs Committee of ESU.

The seminar, which takes place in Stockholm on October 15-19, will give special attention to student support services and strategies for widening participation in higher education.

“SFS are proud of being the host of the 18th edition of the ESC”, says Klas-Herman Lundgren, chairperson of the Swedish Union of Students (SFS).
“Social dimensions for the Swedish student is about the right to an acceptable living situation, since the lack of student housing in Sweden in some cities is reaching critical levels. The study grants and loans are close to the Swedish authorities’ level of poverty, which makes it hard for many students to make ends meet. A raised study grant and loan, free education and the housing situation for the students are questions SFS are looking forward to be able to discuss with representatives from all over Europe”, says Lundgren. The convention is co-organised by ESU and the Swedish Union of Students. The event is co-funded by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union.

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