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One minute silence against violence

The European University Association (EUA), with support from the European Student Union (ESU) have called higher education institutions, student unions and other organisations across Europe to stand united for one minute silence on Monday 27th of April 2015  (12:00 CET) in remembrance of the 147 students killed at Garissa on 2 April 2015.

The role of education in military conflict and the attacks on educational institutions also led to the adoption of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in 2014. Read more here.


Leslie Wilson, the secretary general of EUA commented on this: “While the events in Garissa stand out in their barbarity, we draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day. Attacks on universities, their students and scholars weaken or obliterate academic freedom; have a devastating impact on research, teaching and access to education; and impair society’s long-term development. Safeguarding the freedom and safety of universities and university communities is therefore vital in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of humankind.

Join the ESU event here

The European Student Union has also encouraged to support Kenyan Red Cross who has provided help to the survivors and families of the victims. We would also strongly encourage you to consider this.


Student blogger: International students and democratic deficit?

Enzo Rossi  (University of Oslo)

Enzo Rossi
(University of Oslo)

This guest entry is written by Enzo Rossi, who is a current student of the HEM programme, a former full-time student representative, and the co-founder of Internationalista, a platform that aims at increasing international students’ awareness of democratic processes and  involvement in governance at the University of Oslo. 

Are international students disproportionately underrepresented in formal governance, decision-making and leadership positions? Data for Norway seems to suggest that this is the case for all Norwegian Universities except Stavanger!

Democratisation has been hailed as one of the benefits of student mobility (Guruz, 2008). International students are expected to gain democratic principles from their adopted countries and go back home with an increased respect for democracy and a desire to uphold the rule of law and participate governance and decision making processes, becoming a positive influence for their community. But how can this be operationalised? How can democracy become an integral part of a study programme? One of the easiest ways to involve foreign students in democracy in their place of study is through being involved in student democracy.

Enzoblog2Norway has a long democratic tradition in its universities, and all decision making bodies must have student presence. Norwegian Students’ Unions have a pretty homogeneous way of doing things, they elect representatives for their “student parliament”, the highest decision making body for students, from different political factions present on campus. Several of those are linked to specific political parties and others are based on faculties or interests. Those elected then in turn elect students to take a paid sabbatical year working at the student parliament.

Hedda podcast: Recent trends in student engagement with Dr Manja Klemencic

Episode 43 of our podcast series features Dr. Manja Klemenčič from Harvard University. In the podcast, we talk about student engagement as a research area, some of the important aspects on the research on this topic.

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Dr. Manja Klemenčič (Harvard University)

Dr. Manja Klemenčič
(Harvard University)

Dr. Manja Klemenčič is employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and holds a PhD in International Studies from  University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College). Her core research interests are focused on student engagement and student governance as well as the organisation of student politics. She is currently working on  the book Student Power in Europe, as well as co-editing a volume on Student engagement in Europe: society, higher education and student governanceFrom 2014 she is also the editor-in-chief of European Journal of Higher Education.

Click here to view an earlier presentation by Dr Klemenčič at a HEIK seminar in Oslo.

HEIK seminar with Professor Karen Jensen: Horizontal knowledge dynamics and the initiation of students in expert cultures

Professor Karen Jensen  (University of Oslo)

Professor Karen Jensen
(University of Oslo)

We are pleased to share yet another session from the HEIK academic seminar series in the field of higher education, with both invited international speakers and members of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures) here at the University of Oslo.

This lecture was recorded in November 2013 and features Professor Karen Jensen (HEIK/FALK, University of Oslo) who discusses horizontal knowledge dynamics and initiation of students in expert cultures.

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How do students view quality in higher education? Results from a new survey by ESU

ESU-logoThe European Student Union (ESU) is a body representing over 11 million students through its 47 member organisations in 39 countries. ESU engages in debates about higher education in European policy arenas, but also engage in research projects relevant to student interests in higher education. One of such research projects is the Quest for Quality for Students project, or QUEST for short, funded by the European Commission and set to finish this autumn.

Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares, ESU’s Vice-Chairperson and main coordinator of the project said in the press release: “One of our goals throughout this project has been to raise awareness about the understanding of quality from students’ point of view.  QUEST has been able to perform a pan-European analysis on the students’ perceptions on the quality of higher education. The aim is to shed light on this field and to map interesting patterns that pave the way for further investigationThus, the findings can be taken into consideration and influence discussions on higher education, having a positive effect on it and improve its quality.”

The first results of the survey conducted in Germany, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Slovenia were published earlier this month in a report by Jens Jungblut and Martina Vukasovic. The project is focused around three key questions:

  • What is the students’ view on quality of higher education?
  • Do quality assurance mechanisms at European, national and institutional level actually enhance quality in the understanding of students?
  • What sort of information do students need to be provided to them in relation to what they perceive as quality education?