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1 Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education on the Implementation of the European Higher Education Area 17 – 18 October 2013 Yerevan Overview of the student participation in higher education governance

2 How it all started...

3 How do we understand it today? Students’ formal and informal ability to influence decisions made in the context of a higher education institution or a public authority Four different levels of intensity: - Access to information - Consultation - (Structured) dialogue - Partnership

4 As the EHEA was developing... Prague communiqué in 2001 Berlin communiqué in 2003 Bergen communiqué in 2005 London communiqué in 2007 Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve communiqué in 2009

5 ESIB  ESU Students’ Rights Charter 2008: - All students have the right to organise themselves freely in legally recognised entities. Students must not suffer academic, financial or legal consequences from such involvement. - All students have the right to co-governance in all decision making bodies and fora relevant to their education directly or through democration representation.

6 ESIB  ESU Students’ Rights Charter 2008: - Students have the right to be informed about all higher education affairs in a transparent manner. - All students have the right to have their opinion considered as that of a stakeholder on equal footing in higher education. - All students have the right to freely express themselves and this should not be limited to academic matters.

7 Where are we now? Council of Europe study from 2003 (A. Persson) Bologna with Student Eyes 2012 (ESU) _____________________ (fill in the blank)

8 Bologna Process  EHEA New managerialism De-politicisation and professionalisation of the student movement Massification and diversification of student body Diversification of involved stakeholders Weakening formal, strengthening informal participation Economic crisis = budget cuts Customers or partners?

9 Back to the roots?

10 Can it be any different? If student organisations would: - Further encourage student participation - Assure representativeness, democratic procedures and continuity - Provide efficient transfer of knowledge - Provide sufficient information to fellow students - Encourage diversity among their own structures

11 Can it be any different? If higher education institutions would: - Dedicate to assurance of full student representation through long term institutional support and resources - Provide financial, logistical and other means for a welcoming environment - Transparent procedures - Accept common ownership of the academic community and shared responsibilities - Make results of student participation visible - Never threathen freedom of expression and student actions

12 Can it be any different? If we would all work hard towards the following principles: - Students are full members of the academic community - Student participation is a continuous process - Student participation needs to be implemented in all decision making mechanisms at all levels in all issues and this implementation requires monitoring - National policies and legislative frameworks are necessary but not sufficient - Students are partners and not consumers

13 Thank you for your attention! Milica Popovic


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