1Bologna Process – are wewitnessing a real change ingovernance philosophy?Ligia DecaChairpersonEuropean Students’ UnionIAU...
2ESU - A long story short• 1982: WESIB was founded by seven national  unions• 1989: The Wall fell and WESIB changed to ESI...
3Over 11 millions of students in Europe!49 members38 countries  Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008,...
4ESU – key data• Mission: promoting the educational,  social, economic & cultural interests  of students at the European l...
5HE – main aims ESU outlines four major aims of higher education: The promotion of active citizenship and democracy Develo...
6Shift in HE paradigm                • Increased demand of HE                      • Globalisation                    • So...
7The European Experience within theBologna Process at institutional level Institutional autonomy Formal inclusion of stake...
8Fundamental change = STUDENTINVOLVEMENT• Students = legitimate stakeholder• Students’ involvement in all levels of  decis...
9Students as legitimate stakeholder• No effective reform can be made without  ownership• Participation and contribution to...
10European realities• Status granted by ministerial communiqués –>  national formal recognition by law provisions• More se...
11Students in all levels of governancestructures• Students are usually involved in national and  institutional governance ...
12Students in Quality Assurance• 3 levels:  ▫ National  ▫ Institutional  ▫ Faculty/programme/departmental• More involvemen...
13Source: Bologna with Student Eyes 2007, p. 18
14Student Centred Learning ▫ Focus on the diverse students’ needs (social   dimension) ▫ Fostering flexibility and focus o...
15Main future institutional challenges inthe eyes of European students  ▫ Reaching the desired mixed-goal : university    ...
16Questions?    Thank you for your attention!European Students’ Unions20, Rue de la Sablonnière1000 Brussels, BelgiumWeb: ...
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  1. 1. 1Bologna Process – are wewitnessing a real change ingovernance philosophy?Ligia DecaChairpersonEuropean Students’ UnionIAU 13h  General Conference – Utrecht, 2008
  2. 2. 2ESU - A long story short• 1982: WESIB was founded by seven national unions• 1989: The Wall fell and WESIB changed to ESIB• 1999: The Bologna Process starts and ESIB creates content committees• ESIB turns into ESIB – The National Unions of Students in Europe• 2007: ESIB is renamed into ESU• 2007, October 17th : 25th Anniversary Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  3. 3. 3Over 11 millions of students in Europe!49 members38 countries Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  4. 4. 4ESU – key data• Mission: promoting the educational, social, economic & cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant organisations & institutions• Areas of work: the Bologna Process, The Lisbon strategy (education&training 2010), mobility, equal opportunities, students‘ financing, qualifications frameworks etc. Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  5. 5. 5HE – main aims ESU outlines four major aims of higher education: The promotion of active citizenship and democracy Developing the labour market Knowledge development Personal development Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  6. 6. 6Shift in HE paradigm • Increased demand of HE • Globalisation • Social dimension • Mobility of students and staff • Need for regional and international recognition • QA • LLL Change in institutional governance Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  7. 7. 7The European Experience within theBologna Process at institutional level Institutional autonomy Formal inclusion of stakeholders in governance structures Recognising the need for students involvement at all levels Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  8. 8. 8Fundamental change = STUDENTINVOLVEMENT• Students = legitimate stakeholder• Students’ involvement in all levels of decision making• Students in Quality Assurance• Students involved in curricula changes• Creating the ultimate goal -> student centred learning Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  9. 9. 9Students as legitimate stakeholder• No effective reform can be made without ownership• Participation and contribution to the design and implementation of HE reforms are essential to create a sense of ownership• Essential input, as students are the ‘users’ of any educational or pedagogical tools• Diversity in the needs must generate flexibility and cooperation, based on a public support system Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  10. 10. 10European realities• Status granted by ministerial communiqués –> national formal recognition by law provisions• More self-evident in high-level structures than at the bottom level• Little recognition when talking about strategic planning, curricula development and budget issues• Diversity in the forms of recognition, but usually seen as a part of a check-list• Not all student representatives are sufficiently empowered to contribute to the decision-making process Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  11. 11. 11Students in all levels of governancestructures• Students are usually involved in national and institutional governance structures due to legislative impositions• Involvement at department/faculty/programme level is very difficult in some countries• In several cases, students are not allowed to take part in decisions concerning staff or budget matters. Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  12. 12. 12Students in Quality Assurance• 3 levels: ▫ National ▫ Institutional ▫ Faculty/programme/departmental• More involvement at top levels• Sometimes regarded as a formal exercise: in most cases the “questionnaire culture” does not work• Different situation in Europe (see next slide) Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  13. 13. 13Source: Bologna with Student Eyes 2007, p. 18
  14. 14. 14Student Centred Learning ▫ Focus on the diverse students’ needs (social dimension) ▫ Fostering flexibility and focus on learning outcomes (flexible learning paths) ▫ The role of the teacher as a guide and not only as lecturer -> teachers training ▫ Mainstreaming LLL in HEI’s missions ▫ Shift in governance -> including students in the decision making processes, not only in election exercises ▫ Needs supplementary financial effort, but it’s more effective in the long run Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  15. 15. 15Main future institutional challenges inthe eyes of European students ▫ Reaching the desired mixed-goal : university autonomy and more inclusion of the academic community ▫ Balancing democratic decision-making and public accountability of HEI ▫ The new institutional organization needs to be better focused on the student and its needs, while avoiding to be commercial or too hierarchical Ligia Deca – 13th IAU General Conference – July 17th 2008, Utrecht
  16. 16. 16Questions? Thank you for your attention!European Students’ Unions20, Rue de la Sablonnière1000 Brussels, BelgiumWeb: www.esu-online.orgPhone: +32 2 502 23 62E-mail: ec2008@esu-online.org

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