NOM Members adopted Resolution on commodification of the higher education
HELSINKI – Nordic Organisational Meeting (NOM) – a platform for cooperation between National Unions of Students in Nordic and Baltic countries took place on October 26-28, gathering 30 student representatives from the NOM region, the European Students’ Union, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and other experts in field of higher education discussed the issue of higher education commodification and its afterwards in the region. During the official NOM meeting a resolution on the matter was adopted, whereas it is been emphasised, introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students decreases the number of overseas students and increases the homogenisation of the student body. This also is a beginning for the higher education understanding as a commercial good. Lithuanian National Union of Students was represented at the NOM meeting by Vice President for International Representation Maksim Milto and Kaunas University of Technology Students’ Union Vytautas Juozas Petkus. Milto says: „It Skaityti plačiau
European Student Convention 24: new approaches to solve youth unemployement
LIMASSOL – European Student Convention 24 under the topic: “The crisis is getting deeper. Is society under threat?” is happening on October 17-21. The topic of the semi-annual traditional meeting of the European Students’ Union is based on the priorities of Cypriot Presidency of the EU Council and Students Advancement of Graduates Employability project of the European Students’ Union. Around 100 student representatives from 47 National Unions of Students in 38 countries together with other higher education experts were discussing and approaching various policies towards the current 22.5% youth unemployment in Europe. Lithuanian National Union of Students was represented by Preside Dainius Dikšaitis and Vice President for International Representation Maksim Milto. During the same days the European Students’ Union was celebrating 30th anniversary of the major student interest representation umbrella in Europe. October 19 was the date for Gala Dinner, incuding 60 Alumni of National Unions of Students and entire Skaityti plačiau
A new threat to Erasmus scholarships?
BRUSSELS and VILNIUS – Erasmus students, participating in mobility exchanges in the second semester of the 2012-2013 academic year may do not receive sufficient funding from the national Erasmus administrating agencies. As according to the Lithuanan Education Exchanges Support Foundation the issue will not affect Erasmus students from Lithuania. European Commission Budget DG informed about insufficient contributions of members states to the 2012 budget of the European Union, which makes a direct impact to all expenses of the European Union. In order to ensure the stability of EU budget, including the stability of Erasmus student exchanges financing stability, the Council of the EU together with the European Parliament should revise the budget. Unfortunately this did not happen by far. Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden dismissed the proposal to increase own contribution to the 2013 budget by 6.8%, which is being explained by ongoing financial issues. Skaityti plačiau