ESN Annual Report 2019-2020

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Copyright © 2020 2018 by the Erasmus Student Network AISBL. All rights reserved. Erasmus Student Network: Annual Report 2019/2020 2017/2018 Coordinator: Sabina Achim Coordinator: Kacper (Communication Manager Olczyk ESN AISBL 2019-2021) (Communication Published by: Erasmus Manager Student ESN AISBL Network 2017/2018 AISBL & 2018/2019) Published Design: Wynette by: Erasmus Aplasen, Student Nikolina Network Đurić,AISBL Beatriz Terreros, Josipa Frišcić, Design: Aurélia Katarzyna Pasierbiewicz, Cefis, Kacper Jan Hrubý Olczyk, Katarzyna Pasierbiewicz, Jan Hrubý Editing: Sabina Editing: KacperAchim, Olczyk,Nikolina Aurélia Đurić, Cefis Wynette Aplasen Contributors: Sabina Contributors: KacperAchim, Olczyk,Kostis João Giannidis, Pinto, Rasmus Rasmus Benke-Åberg, Benke-Åberg, Tim Bastiaens, Isabelle Wim Gabriels, Bouvier, João Gorka Vasco Guerrero, Oliveira,Aurélia Jirka Beran, Cefis, Carmen Kaspars Ābelnīca, Mazijn Nikolina Đurić Cover photography: photography: Annual Annual General General Meeting Meeting Thessaloniki Costa Brava 2019 2018 by Beatriz Katarzyna Terreros Pasierbiewicz

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Table of Contents Foreword

ESN in the Media

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Foreword by Kostis Giannidis, President

Press Clippings Overview of Media Activity

Highlights

About Us

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Welcome Albania and Moldova! ESN & the new Erasmus+ programme Erasmus & ESN in the EU Neighbourhood European Education Area Active Citizenship & Internationalisation at Home Digitalisation of Higher Education COVID-19 initiatives Year in review

Mission & Principles Vision, Strategic Priorities, Values ESN Structure Finance ESN in Numbers

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Activities & Services

External Relations

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Introduction Erasmus in Schools SocialErasmus Social Inclusion Health & Well-being Culture Education & Youth Skills & Employability Environmental Sustainability Services

People 55 56 58 60

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ESN as a Member Institutional partners ESN and Public Funding Comercial partners Social media contests

International Board 2019/2020 ESN Secretariat International Board Supporters National Organisations

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Foreword

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Kostis Giannidis President of the Erasmus Student Network The most inspiring aspect of this year has been the dedication and the courage of our volunteers to adapt to the new reality that COVID-19 pandemic imposed.

Foreword

he last year has been one of the most extraordinary and unexpected years on a social, political, and cultural level. The whole world felt the impact of the COVID - 19 pandemic, experiencing unprecedented and challenging moments. People from every corner of the world faced, and are still facing, the threat of a virus that changes our lives, our priorities, and our perspectives. Our families and friends, our volunteers and international students have to deal with this external threat all over the world. Apart from the challenges, the past year also brought very positive memories. We had the honour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus Student Network with an astonishing event in Brussels, together with our members, alumni, and partners. The event gave us an opportunity to present the collective efforts of our volunteers and reiterate our values and our mission in society. Among the highlights of this year has been the strong involvement of our organisation in advocating for a more inclusive, digital, and green Erasmus+ programme, with an adequate budget for the future generations. Those negotiations have not finished yet and ESN is committed to continue fighting for a better Erasmus+ programme in the future. The most inspiring aspect of this year has been the dedication and the courage of our volunteers to adapt to the new reality that the COVID-19 pandemic imposed. No matter the challenges, our Network supported from the very first moment the international students through online tools and events with the ultimate objective to support their exchange experience. Together with our volunteers, we made the voice of the exchange students heard through continuous representation at online events and conferences, while developing online training and capacity building events for the volunteers. This Annual Report provides an overview of the achievements our Network made thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, the Secretariat, and the International Board. The year ahead remains crucial and we are committed to continue supporting the ideals and the values of the Erasmus+ programme to the next generation and advocate for more and fair mobility opportunities.

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Highlights

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Welcome Albania and Moldova! In alignment with its vision to be the global network of the Erasmus Generation by 2025, over the course of the last year, the Erasmus Student Network saw further expansion of its borders. Approving Albania’s membership in September and Moldova’s in February, ESN now counts 42 member countries. International and exchange students arriving in Tirana and Chișinău will now have access to ESN’s support, events and services including the ESNcard, a membership card that supports international students and trainees and gives them access to affordable opportunities during their period abroad, and ESNbuddy, a mentor system that fosters internationalisation at home as well as the integration of international students into the local community.

“I believe that having ESN in Tirana and having international students in Albanian Universities, shall cause a chain effect that will improve even the quality of education in the country.” - Lutjona Lula, ESN Tirana

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ESN & the new Erasmus+ programme

Claiming a stronger Erasmus+

Implementing the ECHE commitments

A very important aspect of the upcoming Erasmus+ Programme is, of course, the budget. The Erasmus+ budget is part of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which will also run during 2021-2027. ESN has long advocated for an increased budget for the programme and was disappointed to see several of the proposals that were presented up to the summer of 2020. Together with the European Students’ Union and our networks, we reacted to the official communication and raised our voices to ask for a tripling of budget for the programme.

ESN is a member of a European Commission-led Working Group on the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), which works on improving the Charter and making sure that its rules are followed and implemented by the Charter holders. In its annotated guidelines, the ECHE makes several references to ESN’s projects and initiatives. The majority of the ECHE commitments will be better achieved if student organisations such as ESN are involved in the design and implementation of the initiatives, therefore ESN has created a document to foster collaboration among HEIs and ESN sections all over Europe.

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The current Erasmus+ Programme will come to an end in 2020 and a new one will start from January 2021. The negotiations for the new programme have taken several years and gotten more intense during 2020. ESN has worked on improving it in several different ways. ESN’s vision is contained in the #ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto released in 2018.

#Erasmus500 Towards a truly European grant We know from previous research the Erasmus grant that students receive is far from enough to cover their costs during the exchanges. During the spring of 2020, ESN teamed up with the European University Foundation (EUF) and the European Students’ Union (ESU) to launch a proposal for a baseline mobility grant of 500 EUR per month from 2021 onwards. Our declaration builds upon a National Agency (NA) proposal from 2019 and is aimed at addressing key issues such as inclusiveness and simplicity. erasmus500.eu

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Standing up for Erasmus+ in Switzerland and the UK In 2014, Switzerland ceased being a full Programme Country of the Erasmus+ Programme, while the UK might leave soon, depending on the Brexit negotiations. ESN believes that continued cooperation between the two countries and the rest of the EU would be highly beneficial for both sides and has campaigned on the topic. ESN cooperated with ESN UK, the European Students’ Union, the National Union of Students, Universities UK International, and the Association of Colleges to write a position paper to reflect that education and youth should not be collateral damage. ESN joined forces with ESN Switzerland, the Swiss Student Union, and the Swiss Youth Forum to launch a petition for the country’s reassociation to the programme, further reviewed by the Federal Assembly.

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Erasmus & ESN in the EU Neighbourhood UNIMED - Presenting Universities in South Mediteranean

MENA students at ESN’s training events

Increasing higher education mobility in Israel

Following the vision for a more international Erasmus+ Programme and the need to support more students, ESN’s cooperation with the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) has been solidified. ESN has provided support to UNIMED’s petition for a Mediterranean Erasmus Generation, has attended the organisation’s General Assembly, and has developed through collaboration a Joint Policy Paper, “Fostering EUMENA Cooperation through Youth Empowerment and Innovation to advance the Sustainable Development Goals”, co-signed by entrepreneurs and NGOs from MENA and Europe.

For the first time, ESN’s regional training events were open to students from the Middle-East and North-Africa region. Thirteen students from Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia took part in the five events. This became a reality with support from UNIMED and their member HEIs, as well as from the Israeli HEIs part of the WILLIAM project. ESN has signed memoranda of understanding with organisations active in both the EU neighbourhood and the EU: the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Eurasian Universities Union (EURAS).

The “Welcome in Israel as a Leading and Learning tool for IaH Assistance and Management” project aims to increase higher education mobility in Israel. ESN is helping Israeli students and universities to set up student support structures (such as buddy systems) and to improve the conditions for international students studying in Israel. During the summer of 2019, three ESN trainers travelled around Israel and held workshops on the topic of student engagement at different Israeli universities.

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Establishing a sustainable Erasmus+ Community in Morocco

Joining the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

The Erasmus+ Alumni Retreat Workshop was a three days event hosted by the Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetouan, organised by the Erasmus Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA). The event had the goal of spreading information about Erasmus+ opportunities, ensuring equal access to Erasmus+ mobility, strengthening the quality of higher education and increasing the skills and employability of the Erasmus+ Alumni. The event was co-organised by ESN, the Erasmus Mundus Association and the OCEANS Network, in partnership with the Presidency of the Abdelmalek Essaadi University and in collaboration with the Erasmus+ National Office-Morocco and EU Delegation in Morocco.

ESN became a member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, a non-governmental civil society umbrella organisation of civil society organisations from the European Union and from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova) whose mission is to ensure effective participation of civil society in the process of planning, monitoring and implementation of the Eastern Partnership policy in constructive dialogue with the EU and EaP decisionmakers. ESN is currently present in five out of six Eastern Partnership countries,

Highlights

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European Education Area 2019 was the year when the European Universities Initiative was put into existence. The Erasmus Student Network was part of the process, attending the dedicated events, including the Kick-Off Event in November, the European Universities Stakeholders Meeting in February, and the European Universities online session with the European Commission in the spring of 2020, where it was announced that 24 new alliances will join the already existing 17 alliances. ESN emphasized the important role of students within the higher education institutions, explaining that this should be transferred in the context of the European Universities. We also pointed out that the European Universities could be the appropriate testing environment to experiment on automatic recognition, mobility windows, etc. between a small number of universities. The practices that turn out to be successful can thereafter be mainstreamed throughout Europe in the long run.

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The Commission is developing initiatives to help establish a European Education Area by 2025, with the purpose of enabling all young people to benefit from high-quality education and training, and to further find employment. The Erasmus+ Programme plays a significant role in achieving this goal and ESN has taken part in the consultations leading up to the new initiative.

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Position paper with EPSA

EAIE conference in Helsinki

Intercultural dialogue

When reflecting on the Erasmus+ Programme and the path towards the internationalisation of education, not all degrees have the same opportunities. Degrees for regulated professions face a wide range of difficulties in regards to learning mobility, with a considerable emphasis on the recognition of studies abroad. On the 26th of February, ESN and EPSA launched a joint position paper “Student Mobility barriers for regulated professions: Insight on pharmaceutical studies”. Throughout this paper, we reflect together on crucial actors to strengthen their efforts towards the promotion and inclusiveness of learning mobility experiences.

Europe’s largest international higher education conference, EAIE Helsinki 2019, welcomed over 6200 higher education professionals from 95 countries, including 5 representatives of ESN, who brought internalisation at home through buddy programmes and digitalisation of mobility to the agenda. We presented the SocialErasmus+ project that encourages exchange students to engage with local communities, mapped the actions to be taken on the local level towards implementing a sustainable framework on inclusive mobility, and shared the students’ perspective calling for minimising the impact of Brexit on student mobility. As the only student organisation attending, we ensured that the interests of international students are represented.

The “Intercultural Dialogue for International Cooperation” project, supported by the Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation, has as main aim to strengthen the competence of intercultural dialogue among ESN volunteers and other young people, specifically international students in Europe, for furthering cooperation with neighbouring and other world regions. The project includes two T4T events which have helped us expand our Eduk8 pool of trainers. We want international students to be ambassadors of intercultural dialogue upon return to their home countries. The final outcome is a Manifesto with recommendations for higher education institutions and youth organisations to foster more and better intercultural dialogue.

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Active Citizenship & Internationalisation at Home ESNsurvey 2019: Civic attitudes of European Youth In the spring of 2019 we gathered 19,000 responses the research “Active citizenship and student exchange in light of the European elections�, also known as the ESNsurvey 2019. The ESNsurvey is produced regularly with a different topic and for 2019 the topic was active citizenship, democratic participation, and the European Parliament elections. The report was launched during a conference in the European Parliament in October, having as speakers Members of the European Parliament (Brando Benifei, Josianne Cutajar) together with representatives from the European Parliament, ESN Italy, ESN Belgium, the European Citizens Action Service, and others. They spoke about the importance of voting, volunteering and learning mobility, and the positive experiences of Erasmus+. The research report and more information is available at esn.org/ESNsurvey.

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SocialErasmus: Volunteering on exchange

Social Dimension of Erasmus+ conference

During 2018 and 2019, more than 1292 SocialErasmus activities were organised by ESN and its partner organisations, where more than 18.574 international exchange students engaged with more than 64.934 members of their local communities through volunteering activities. All of this was coordinated by a team of 2.526 local youth leaders of the Erasmus Student Network. A total of 86.034 people engaged in intercultural dialogue in 271 different cities across 31 countries in Europe. More about the project implementation results can be found in the “Volunteering on exchange� report, available at issuu.com/esnint. The SocialErasmus programme incorporates all volunteer activities where international students engage with locals to contribute to their local host society.

The Social Dimension of Erasmus+ conference addressed how the Erasmus+ Programme encourages a more connected and inclusive society through initiatives that promote social engagement and volunteering on exchange. The conference took place in Brussels and was organised under the SocialErasmus+ project, aiming at building bridges between international students and local communities, creating the necessary tools for stakeholders to implement SocialErasmus activities, and ensuring local volunteering can be more embedded in the curricula of higher education institutions. To help develop and professionalise the implementation process of social engagement activities, a set of documents was created to support the higher education institutions and student organisations through guidelines and recommendations.

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Digitalisation of Higher Education Online Learning Agreement (OLA)

Erasmus Without Paper (EWP)

ESN has been involved in previous OLA projects, building an online learning agreement for students and trainees within the Erasmus+ Programme. Since the first project, the scope has increased dramatically and there are now plans to make these a compulsory part of the post-2020 Erasmus+ programme. As this requires a completely new structure, in the following years we will improve the current OLAs and make sure they are ready for a large-scale roll-out in 2021.

In the future, universities and students will exchange data, rather than papers, with each other. ESN has been part of a consortium which since 2015 has worked on building a digital infrastructure of the whole Erasmus+ Programme. EWP consists of two main components: a network that interconnects a multitude of student information systems through the use of APIs, and a Dashboard that provides a web solution for exchanging student data electronically for HEIs lacking the required SIS software.

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OpenU The OpenU project will establish a European platform to support blended and online learning, academic cooperation and virtual mobility, building on the strengths of existing solutions and with a view to pave the way for the establishment of European Universities. OpenU will be a comprehensive digital and integrated infrastructure linking existing educational resources and tools that have been designed to achieve maximum systemic impact. It will establish a single point of access for online learning in Europe.

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Digitalisation is one of the main aspects of the new Erasmus+ Programme starting in 2021. Various tools are already digital, but many processes are still relying on the use of paper. ESN has been part of several digitasation initiatives, including those presented here.

Launch of Erasmus+ App project The Erasmus+ App is the go-to place for students to find out more about Erasmus+, but also to access various services available when engaging in a mobility journey. The app will support learners from Application (A) to Return (Z). ESN represents the student angle in the app development, offering connections to several ESN tools, such as ErasmusIntern and ESNcard, taking also the lead of communication and dissemination. The Erasmus+ App is developed together with Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and the European University Foundation (EUF).

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Launch of ErasmusJobs Participating in a mobility experience increases the long term employability of students, however the skills gained through a mobility experience are not clear and they suffer a lack of official recognition. The new ErasmusJobs project aims to bridge the skills gap and enhance the transition from education to the labour market. One of the main outcomes is to develop ErasmusJobs.org as a platform similar to ErasmusIntern, but for Erasmus graduates looking for their first jobs.

Launch of SIEM While students from less advantaged backgrounds stand to gain from a mobility experience, only 7% of Erasmus+ students come from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group. In response to this, together with partners, ESN has launched the “Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility” project, an important step toward making international mobility opportunities more inclusive, enabling students from all backgrounds to study, work or volunteer abroad

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COVID-19 initiatives

Students helping students

Almost all of the familiar activities that ESN volunteers normally arrange for international students had to be cancelled when campuses were shut down and classes were moved online. Of course, this did not mean that ESN stopped its activity. The ESN volunteers on the ground helped out with translating information from public health authorities, liaised with the education institutions and authorities, picked up food for students in quarantine, packed and delivered the belongings of those who had to quickly leave their exchange destination, and made themselves available for other unexpected situations.

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#ErasmusAtHome tagboard

Events and activities, now online

The #ErasmusAtHome tagboard was created to gather, during the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the messages shared on social media with the respective hashtag, bringing innovative and creative ways of supporting students in an online environment. The initiative gathered messages of support from youth around Europe and the globe, videos, poems, recipes, invitations to online activities.

As the digital environment became the main meeting point for everyone, including international students, the events and activities organised by the ESN volunteers have moved online. The activities. esn.org platform was updated for the circumstance, offering access to online activities and uniting with a click students and volunteers from all over the world, disregarding their physical location.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting lock-down all over Europe brought complex challenges for international students, domestic students, ESN volunteers and internationalisation. ESN’s energy during the spring of 2020 was focused on improving the situation for those affected.

Research: Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mobility

In order to capture the experiences of students and trainees across Europe regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their mobility experience, ESN wrote a research report on the topic, released in April. The research builds on a survey in which 22,000 international students and trainees in Europe provided information about their experiences. The report aimed to support policy-makers to make evidence-based decisions and alter communication in order to answer the major challenges students face during their exchange in foreign countries.

Webinars

The research report on the impact of COVID-19 on student mobility received a lot of interest from all over Europe, being the first of its kind when very little information was available. ESN presented the results of the research through several different webinars, for various audiences, which were organised together with the European Commission, the European Parliament, National Erasmus+ Agencies and other institutions.

Graph 1: impact of COVID-19 on student exchange in Europe, March 2020, ESN research

Graph 2: physical location of exchange students in Europe, March 2020, ESN research

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Year in Review 9-18 August 2019

16 October 2019

31 October - 3 November 2019

9-day training event focused on developing competences of 15 trainers on and how to plan, implement and evaluate quality educational workshops on national and international levels of ESN.

A group of homecoming Erasmus students started what is 30 years later one of the biggest student organisations in Europe, shaping the future of the Erasmus+ and other exchange programmes.

5 regional training conferences organised in Debrecen, Malaga, Utrecht, Vaasa, and Baku on average gathered 150 participants with a focus on education of new ESN volunteers.

Eduk8 Forward Czech Republic

ESN’s 30th Anniversary

30 September - 5 October 2019

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Regional Platforms

21-27 October 2019

ESN Gender Check Up

Health & Well-Being Week

32 volunteers from 22 countries attended ESN’s annual training event, funded by the Council of Europe, which focused on Gender Equality and developing tools to make the organisation more inclusive.

Organised for the first time with over a 100 activities in 23 countries, focused on sports, nutrition, responsible party, mental health and other areas focused on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

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14-17 November 2019

28 November - 1 December 2019

13 & 20 June 2020

60 National Boards members meet to develop cooperation and gather new ideas with a focus on the implementation of structural changes and the new brand of ESN.

An annual event that brings together National Representatives and Delegates with a goal of integration and transparency of work of all the levels of ESN.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last Annual General Meeting was significant also by being the first assembly to take place wholly online. The assembly re-elected the International Board, and voted on other important issues.

National Boards’ Meeting Istanbul

Council of National Delegates Lisboa

20 November - 4 December 2019

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Annual General Meeting Online

28 February - 8 March 2020

Social Inclusion Days

Intercultural Dialogue

Hundreds of impactful activities aimed to build bridges between the students and the local community, foster intercultural awareness and advocate for a more inclusive and accessible Erasmus programme.

The start of a 3 step training programme that will be compiled into a toolkit on Intercultural Dialogue with a goal to develop intercultural competence and the facilitating skills of ESN volunteers.

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ESN in the Media

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Chaos for European Exchange Students

Inside Higher Ed | March 3, 2020

Coronavirus: Is the EU’s Erasmus program under threat?

DW | April 5, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, ESN’s President Kostis Giannidis points out that “there is mixed communication coming from each side” as some students received contradictory advice.

The President of the Erasmus Student Network, Kostis Giannidis, highlights that the impact on student exchanges may still be felt five years from now.

Education in coronavirus times: trial and error

COVID-19: What Erasmus students want you to know

EUobserver | April 16, 2020

EAIE Blog | April 16, 2020

According to ESN’s COVID-19 impact report, the majority of students express their worry about how their grant will be affected during this time. Fears and concerns about the Erasmus model might continue once the crisis is over.

The findings from the COVID-19 impact survey also highlight the major problems students encountered in relation to health and wellbeing, racism, and discrimination.

Can mobility and Erasmus+ be revitalised post crisis?

Exchange students across Europe face hefty coronavirus toll

University World News | May 2, 2020

ESN’s research report on the impact of COVID-19 on student exchanges in Europe reveals what percentage of those studying abroad face grant uncertainty, discrimination and a lack of well-being support.

Considering the different national approaches to mobility and uncertainties as a result of the pandemic as observed in the survey made by ESN on the impact of COVID-19 to student mobility, it is possible that we will see drastically lowered mobility in the coming academic year.

Times Higher Education | April 17, 2020

Erasmus+ €5.4bn cut is “bad news” says ESN

Next Generation EU? Then it’s time to listen to youth

The PIE News | 8 June 2020

Euractiv | 26 June 2020

The European Commission has called for a €5.4billion decrease in funding for the Erasmus+ programme. ESN’s President Kostis Giannidis said that while the proposal is understandable, he stressed that young people deserve more opportunities.

The recovery plan from the COVID-19 crisis must be in line with climate commitments, ensure no-one is left behind in the green transition, and create space for the voice of youth, writes Generation Climate Europe.

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Twitter

Facebook 369,000

2017 2018

400,619 429,728

2019 2020

436,938

2,055,286

Reach in total in 2019/2020

118,630

Interactions in total in 2019/20

Instagram

20,624 0,81% 284,550

Engagement rate

Reach

120,558

Average impressions per month in 2019/20

LinkedIn

@esn_int

22,765

3,51M

Impressions in 2019/20

18,180

+41%

Growth in 2018/19

@erasmus.generation

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Join us!

7,3%

Engagement rate

2,4%

Click-through rate

783,980

Impressions in 2019/20

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ESN.org

ESNblog

533,082 154,820 Users in 2019/20

2,366,693 Pageviews in 2019/20

+110% Growth in 2019/20

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Users in 2019/20

215,109

63,389 2017/18

2018/19

in 2019/20

279,238 Pageviews in 2019/20

ESNcard.org

ErasmusIntern.org

540,802

704,480

+20%

24,804,904

827,466

Users in 2019/20

4,847,544 Pageviews in 2018/19

ESN in the Media

Users in 2019/20

147,056

Newsletter subscribers in 2019/20

Pageviews in 2019/20

Growth in 2019/20

Pageviews for Digital Opportunities in 2019/20

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About Us

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student association in Europe. It was born on 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 to support and develop student exchange. We are present in 1,000 Higher Education Institutions across 42 countries.

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The network is constantly developing and expanding. 15,000 active members, that in many sections are supported by so-called ‘buddies’, act as mentors for international students. Thus, ESN involves over 29,000 young people offering its services to around 350,000 international students every year.

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchange as well as providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalisation at home”).

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Mission

Enrichment of society through international students.

Principles • ESN works in the interest of international students. • ESN works to improve the social and practical integration of international students. • ESN represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national and international level. • ESN provides relevant information about mobility programmes.

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• ESN motivates students to study abroad. • ESN works with the reintegration of homecoming students. • ESN contributes to the improvement of different mobility programmes. • ESN cares about its members. • ESN values volunteering and active citizenship.

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Vision By 2025, ESN will be the global network of the Erasmus Generation, committed to improving international education and providing self-development opportunities to two million young people, fostering intercultural understanding and creating positive change in society.

Strategic Priorities

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Students

Volunteers

ESN will empower future, alumni, and current international students to be ambassadors of intercultural understanding and active citizenship, sharing the value of unity in diversity.

ESN will provide its volunteers with valuable transversal skills acquired through self development opportunities and empower them for active engagement in the organisation.

Exchange Programmes

Visibility & Outreach

ESN will work to increase the quantity and quality of study abroad programmes around the world.

ESN will work to build a globally recognisable brand, increasing its visibility and outreach, and fostering a positive image of international exchange.

Activities & Services

Governance

ESN’s activities and services at all levels will increase in quality, becoming more inclusive and achieving measurable impact in society.

ESN will work to create an interconnected and self-sustainable network with a strong membership and efficient structure.

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Values Unity in diversity, diversity in unity Students helping students

We all have different backgrounds but share one common aim and goal.

We passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefit of others.

Love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange We live and benefit from the cultural richness of Europe to the utmost.

International dimension of life We are open-minded, mobile, like to discover and explore, to cooperate, to interact and to break Borders.

Fun in friendship and respect We encourage relations based on respect.

Openness with tolerance

Cooperation in integration

We understand and accept others and learn from them.

We share a holistic view towards internationality.

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Structure To be able to achieve the aims of the organisation, as well as fulfill our mission and vision, and uphold our values, ESN is structured on three levels: local, national and international.

General Assembly

Section National Organisations

Statutory Bodies

NB

Section

International Board

Section National Organisations

Section

Secretariat

NB

Arbitration Board

Committees

Audit Comission

Project Teams

Liasion Office

Non-statutory Bodies Support Structures

Local Level

National Level

ESN consists of 534 local ESN sections working daily with international students. They organise activities, provide services and represent interests of international, exchange and local students of one or several higher education institutions in their city.

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International Level

Sections of a country meet during National Assemblies, where they have the chance to exchange best practices. The sections also elect their National Board, which is in charge of leading the National Organisation, conducting national projects and representing ESN towards national institutions and stakeholders

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the Erasmus Student Network, which votes on all Statutes and Standing Orders proposals, on all non-Statutory proposals and on the election of the Board, the Audit Comission and the Arbitration Board. The General Assembly meets twice per year.

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Finance Income

â‚Ź1,193,147

Membership fees Services Public funding Sponsorship Others

57,920 269,895 684,031 79,736 101,565

Expenditures â‚Ź1,103,573 Staff Headquarters Network Services Events & meetings Projects Others

Budget through the years (â‚Ź)

357,730 237,093 49,151 124,608 317,416 17,490

ESN benefits greatly from public grants supporting both projects and operational work. These predominantly come from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the Belgian state. Unlike many other NGOs comparable to ESN, the majority of the net income does not come from public grants supporting operating expenses, but rather from commercial partnerships, services and membership fees. This represents a strategic cornerstone of ESN: to be self-sustainable and financially autonomous. In 2019, ESN faced an increase in income from our services and public funding, stating its capacity to reach out to bigger audiences, and the trust given by public institutions in carrying large scale projects. This improvement allowed us to invest in the enlargement of our Staff and HQ, which represent the biggest component of our costs. Other relevant costs are also the ones associated with our grant projects. And lastly, costs related to events, meetings and network describe all the investment we put in external representation, participation in internal conferences and support to the implementation of projects and programmes within our network.

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Introduction The causes of ESN

Activities & Services

Social Inclusion

Health & Well-being

ESN strives for an inclusive mobility based on equity and on the needs of each individual. To achieve this goal, ESN has developed its own programmes and projects on the topic, raising awareness among international students and transforming them into more active citizens.

Studying abroad is an opportunity to acquire new and healthy habits such as engaging in sport activities or having a balanced diet. ESN organises several events on the topic and works to raise the health literacy of international students.

Education & Youth

Culture

Education is the core of ESN’s activity and youth is the main target group. ESN produces several position papers, recommendations, programmes, and projects all aiming at improving the quality of international mobility and at guaranteeing that young people are heard in the process.

Besides having been a member of the Stakeholders’ Committee of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, ESN organises hundreds of cultural activities every year. The promotion of intercultural understanding is at the core of ESN’s mission.

Environmental Sustainability

Skills & Employability

International mobility has a costly impact on the environment due to frequent travelling. ESN aims at reducing this impact by organising greener activities and by raising awareness among international students.

International students get valuable skills from their experience abroad. ESN works to increase the recognition of the skills acquired through student exchange and volunteering among employers.

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The effort of one ESN volunteer organising volunteer opportunities on average reaches 8 international students that will engage with 18 members of the local community.

1330 impactful 4986 ESN activities volunteers students 37,285 international 85,663 locals

Erasmus in Schools

SocialErasmus

Erasmus in Schools activities are supported by the SocialErasmus+ grant project which supports local ESN associations to organise visits to schools where international students do a wide range of activities that include country and culture presentations or workshops. Through a set of trainings facilitated by trainers from Youth for Exchange and Understanding, Erasmus in Schools platform and the toolkit, local youth workers, teachers and university staff are able to support students who participate in the project during their mobility.

SocialErasmus programme aims to enrich the international experience of young people abroad with volunteering activities, thus increasing the interaction between exchange students and local communities, and providing opportunities for young people to get to know other realities and learn how they can contribute to improve society as citizens of the world. This way students can do more with their mobility experience, make a difference and create a positive social change and show the added value of volunteering as a part of a mobility. experience.

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Social Inclusion

SILM Brussels

Social Inclusion Days

The Social Inclusion Leaders’ Meeting, organised by ESN VUB EhB Brussels and ESN Saint-Louis Brussels, took place between the 11th and 15th October and gathered over 60 ESN volunteers who advocate for social inclusion in our organisation, both on the local and national levels. The participants had the opportunity to gain knowledge, ideas and inspiration, with an aim to increase the social impact of the network and prepare for the year ahead.

Social Inclusion Days is a biannual initiative that since 2017 provides international students with opportunities to engage with local communities through volunteering actions such as food drives and donations, fundraisers, clothes donations, animal shelter visits, school or kindergarten sessions, events with people with disabilities, educational workshops, conferences, webinars, and many more events that promote social inclusion.

ExchangeAbility

Inclusive Mobility

The international programme gathers activities that tackle the accessibility of education and student mobility, and provides the conditions for students with disabilities to actively participate in student life.

For years ESN has actively worked on raising awareness of the importance of increasing the participation of students from disadvantaged groups in mobility programmes, with projects such as MappEd!, SIEM, EPFIME, and PLAR-4-SIMP.

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Health & Well-being International Erasmus Games

Responsible Party

Health & Well-being Week

The International Erasmus Games is a panEuropean health and wellbeing initiative of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) that unites exchange students from all over Europe in effort to promote sports as a universal language and inclusion. 850 international students have taken part in the International Erasmus Games so far.

Responsible Party, a collaboration between Pernod Ricard and ESN, is the first panEuropean program tackling the topic of unhealthy alcohol-related habits among young adults, and particularly exchange students. Research has proven that 88.8% of students consider Responsible Party a useful programme and 61.4% modified their alcohol-related habits.

The Health and Well-being Week initiative is organised twice a year, aimed to involve the local organisations of ESN in activities focused on promoting physical and mental health, as well as nutrition and healthy party habits. The most popular activities include first aid and mental health workshops, sports tournaments, running, hiking, dance lessons and yoga sessions.

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Culture Culture is the cause that embeds the organisational values of unity in diversity and the importance of the cultural exchange. ESN on local level introduces the exchange students to tangible and intangible local heritage and stimulates participation in the vibrant cultural life of the local community. ESN recognises the role the exchange plays in cultural relations and brings the voice of the young to relevant stakeholders in the field.

Intercultural Dialoge

Cultural Heritage

ESN activities on all levels stimulate the participation in cultural heritage and contemporary cultural production through peer to peer and direct contact with its target group contributing to its attractiveness for younger generations. By bringing together young people from many different backgrounds, ESN facilitates intercultural dialogue on all its levels.

ESN was a part of the European Year Cultural Heritage Stakeholders Group, bringing the voice of the young and active generation interested in the benefit of Europe’s cultural heritage and policy related to it to relevant stakeholders. ESN signed the Berlin Call to Action “Cultural Heritage for Future of Europe�.

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Education & Youth Policy Watch

Quality Mobility

Digitalisation of HE

ESN works on gathering important information about policy developments in the field of education and youth at aims at inspiring different discussions and potential future actions of network’s member associations.

ESN focuses on further building upon the existing research of ESN, such as MappED!, HousErasmus+ and ESNsurvey by offering to our members examples of their practical application.

Inclusive Mobility

Youth Participation

ESN has been involved in several different initiatives in order to build a better digital infrastructure for the Erasmus+ Programme. An important example is the Online Learning Agreement, which will replace the old paper version. Another example is the Erasmus+ App, which will be the one-stop-shop for all Erasmus+ mobility services, including local ESN activities.

ESN is working on building the platform InclusiveMobility.eu, together with several partners. This tool will be ready in April 2021 and will be the place where all information regarding the topic is stored.

ESN produced the report “Active citizenship and student exchange in light of the European elections” and was part of the Expert Group which wrote the Youth Participation Strategy for the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes.

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Skills & Employability

Enviromental Sustainability

ESN works towards the recognition of nonformal and informal learning activities that are an indispensable part of development of students who take part in academic mobility, and youth workers who are the drivers of civil society. While ErasmusSkills fosters the improvement of procedures and development of tools for this aim, ErasmusIntern and ErasmusJobs aim to provide quality internships and job opportunities for recent graduates to support students and youth transition from education to the labor market.

ESN strives for more sustainable events by reducing their environmental impact through, among others, minimising plastic usage or recycling waste before, during, and after the actual events. Furthermore, ESN volunteers across Europe organise activities which motivate participants to discover polluted public areas and educate them about a pollution-conscious mindset and how to share that knowledge with their peers. Similar ideas are often the result of cooperation with other NGOs and always include ESNers as well as international students. On the international level, ESN advocates for greener and more sustainable mobility, and in January 2019, we became part of the Generation Climate Europe (GCE) coalition, the first climate coalition of European youth-led NGOs, empowering young people and tackling all aspects of the climate crisis.

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ErasmusIntern.org

Key facts

Since 2018, ErasmusIntern features Digital Opportunity Traineeships which allow for the development of highly demanded skills on the job market.

ERASMUSINTERN.org

Aims: • Provide international internship opportunities for youth • Promote and advocate high-quality internships ErasmusIntern.org is an online platform that brings together traineeship providers and students seeking a training opportunity abroad. It gives students the opportunity to create their profiles and add their key competences, their language knowledge and their skills and interests. Students can search for traineeships by keywords and refine their search. At the same time, companies and organisations can publish their traineeship offers and search for trainees using precise filters. Digital Opportunity Traineeships have been integrated into the platform providing young people with a chance to develop skills most needed in today’s job market.

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ESNcard

Key facts

184,036 ESNcard holders benefit from over 1,400 discounts around Europe.

Aim: • Provide access to all services and discounts offered by ESN and our partners to international students The ESNcard is the membership card of the Erasmus Student Network. Used also as a student discount card, it is distributed by the ESN sections in almost all the countries where ESN is present. The project consists of the online platform ESNcard.org and the ESNcard itself. International students can benefit from a wide range of discounts on the international, national and local level from renowned companies to local businesses and institutions. ESN’s partnership with Ryanair has benefitted over 350.000 international students and allowed them to save over 12 million Euro since September 2017.

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Eduk8 Endless Possibili es

Aims: • Create a universal platform for matching international and local students • Develop recommendations and guidelines to support the implementation of the process

Aims: • Provide self-development opportunities through non-formal education methodologies • Create a Pool of Trainers empowered with the tools needed to educate fellow members in the network

BuddySystem is a project coordinated by Erasmus Student Network France. The project, which will run until the end of 2020, builds on ESN’s experience in supporting exchange students by pairing them with a local mentor or buddy. This process fosters internationalisation at home as well as integration of international students into the local community and often leads to developing lasting friendships. The main goal is to create a universal system for buddy matching across Europe. Additionally, the project will develop recommendations, a handbook with factsheets and guidelines for national organisations which will manage the BuddySystem. buddysystem.eu

Eduk8 is ESN’s key training program aimed at the growth and development of our members. Through an advanced training-for trainers programme, ESN continues to grow its pool of trainers who, equipped with the right knowledge and non-formal methods, facilitate knowledge exchange in the Network. Moreover, Eduk8 organises events developing soft skills of ESN volunteers in specific fields. Finally, members of the Eduk8 pool use their knowledge to enhance other ESN events in the educational aspect.

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External Relations

As one of Europe’s biggest network of student organisations, it is important to be in contact with other organisations that share similar interests and offer opportunities for networking and best-practice sharing. ESN has been involved with a range of (umbrella) organisations and fostered collaboration through the Liaison Office and the International Committee for Education. As for stakeholders, the most important for ESN is the Erasmus+ Unit of the European

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Commission. ESN provides support in the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme and helps disseminating information about its features. ESN also works with the Youth and Vocational Education and Training units of the European Commission as a way to reach out to more people that can benefit from ESN’s services and support. ESN is in contact with the European Parliament, in particular with its Education and Culture Committee, in order to advocate for an inclusive Erasmus+

benefiting from an adequate budget for the programme period 2021-2027. ESN also collaborates with the Council of Europe through a work plan, an operating grant, thematic Study Sessions, and engagement within the Advisory Council on Youth.

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ESN as a Member

European Youth Forum (YFJ)

Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP)

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is a platform of over 100 youth organisations in Europe, representing both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations. As a member of the YFJ, ESN works with its Board, Secretariat and other member organisations to bring the voice of young people further. ESN is active in several working groups, structures and events. These include a participation in the YO!Fest and European Youth Event, engagement with the EU Youth Dialogue, and a seat in the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe.

The Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) brings together 42 European networks covering all sectors of education and training, including networks for higher education and training, vocational education, adult education, and many more. The Lifelong Learning Platform provides a wide range of information on the work of the EU and, in addition, plays an important role in the advocacy for better education systems for all. ESN is active through platforms like the Erasmus+ Coalition, participation in the LLLP pool of experts, or by contributing to consultations and campaigns like Erasmusx10.

Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA)

European Movement International (EMI)

Inclusive Mobility Alliance (IMA)

The Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA) brings together four organisations working in the field of student mobility and professional development with Erasmus+. These are the Erasmus Mundus Association, garagErasmus, OCEANS Network and Erasmus Student Network. The umbrella creates opportunities for its member organisations to increase the impact of their activities in Erasmus+ and provides students and alumni a space for networking and personal development.

The European Movement International (EMI) consists of 34 National Councils and 38 International Organisations that aim to contribute to the establishment of a united Europe founded on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, and respect for basic human rights. For ESN, EMI is a platform for networking and to provide opportunities for ESN members to get actively involved in supporting the European project.

The Inclusive Mobility Alliance (IMA), founded in 2018, is an alliance of European organisations that aims at making mobility inclusive for students and youth from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. IMA believes that international mobility is a key element of the education and training of young people and that every young person should have the same opportunities to take part in an international mobility programme.

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European University Foundation (EUF)

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The European University Foundation aims at strengthening and accelerating the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Through innovative and concrete examples, new kinds of mobility schemes are developed in support of this aim. ESN has collaborated with EUF on several aspects to improve mobility and international experience: through the development of the Online Learning Agreement, the Erasmus+ App and through participation in each other’s key events.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across several thematic areas. ESN has collaborated with ASEF in the aspects of education and culture through promoting opportunities for dialogue between young people and institutions and by participating in events of the Asia-Europe Meeting education process.

Mediterranean Universities Union

Europeam Students’ Union (ESU)

UNIMED is an association of universities from 23 countries of both shores of the Mediterranean whose aim is to develop university research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to contribute to academic cooperation. ESN and UNIMED signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work on the creation of a Mediterranean Erasmus Generation and to increase the collaboration between universities and student organisations from Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.

The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 40 countries. The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing. ESU members are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.

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ESN and Public Funding

Contact our Director at director@esn.org if you are interested in a partnership with ESN for any grant or tender application. The Erasmus Student Network has participated in projects funded by the European Union since 2005, mainly in the LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme) and more recently in the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe has also supported different ESN initiatives. ESN benefits from an annual operating grant from the European Commission but is also involved in different project-based grants and tenders. ESN has conducted several EUfunded research studies and social projects addressing the quality issues of learning mobility and is well-connected with other organisations within the field of education and youth.

External Relations

SIEM

ErasmusJobs

Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility (SIEM) starts off with research on the barriers for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in international student mobility and includes a survey, study visits, focus groups, a co-creation workshop and capacity building activities. A platform hosting a social impact measurement tool to assess the outreach of initiatives for the Erasmus generation will be created.

Through this project we are building a platform similar to ErasmusIntern.org, but for Erasmus graduates looking for their first jobs. The platform will be integrated into the overall electronic infrastructure of the Erasmus+ Programme. The project also entails training for student volunteers, employers and career officers at universities.

Erasmus+ App

EPFIME

The Erasmus+ App was launched in 2017. During the coming years, the App user interface will be improved and new features will be added, allowing students to manage the administration of their exchange through the Erasmus+ App. ESN represents the student angle in the development, offering connections to several other ESN tools.

Consortium partners and experts will examine in-depth the needs and expectations on inclusive mobility of national authorities, students with disabilities and higher education institutions across Europe, while focusing on how institutions can collaborate closer to ensure the quality and the transferability of support services for both incoming and outgoing students with disabilities in exchange programmes.

Other projects • Making Mobility the Norm • WILLIAM • HOME

• OpenU • Online Learning Agreement 3.0 • How Long is Too Long

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Comercial partners

In ESN, we aim to improve the student mobility in every possible way, one of which is cooperation with commercial stakeholders who offer unique benefits to international students through our membership card, the ESNcard. Through cooperation with various companies, we focus on important areas of student life where we believe that students will benefit the most. The most important categories are travelling, accommodation, online learning services, consumer goods and other lifestyle-related activities (eg. summer music festivals).

Ryanair The three-year partnership between the ESN and Ryanair has been a marked success, with over 400,000 flights booked by students, availing of discounts worth over â‚Ź15m. Ryanair is helping to make international mobility more inclusive by offering discounted flights with included check-in luggage.

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Pernod Ricard Our partnership with Pernod Ricard on the Responsible Party programme shows the positive impact that can be created through cooperation between a multinational corporation and an international youth organisation. In the past 10 years, we have managed to address several issues related to alcohol consumption and especially binge drinking amongst international students. We have seen positive reactions from both students and European stakeholders that confirmed the success of our CSR partnership.

Hostelling International Hostelling International, a global network of youth hostels, believes that exploration and travel lead to a better understanding of other cultures and that this promotes a more tolerant and inclusive world. There is a natural alliance in the support for youth mobility and intercultural exchange. Not only can all ESNcard holders can enjoy discounts in HI hostels’ network but they can also collaborate across a variety of projects and activities.

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Online services

Consumer goods

Since today’s international students are digital natives, it’s important to follow the lead and help them where they spend their time. Therefore, we decided to partner up with companies who offer services that improve student mobility through online tools such as grammar and spell checks, CV builder, unlimited access to textbooks and many others.

Consumer goods are an important part of student life and that’s why we decided to partner up with companies who offer products that can help students both at university and outside. Our partners offer a wide range of products from external portable monitors to high-quality computer accessories and speakers.

Corporate Social Responsibility In ESN we are aware of the positive impact our organisation has on the society and that’s we cooperate with companies who try to have a positive impact in any of the fields that are important for us. We see the biggest potential in education, health, well-being and youth employability.

Further opportunities Besides focusing on the fundamental student services, we also focus on expanding our partnerships into new fields that focus on leisure activities or opportunities that students can do after their mobility is over. That is the reason why we are cooperating with Tomorrowland to offer the ultimate Erasmus reunion, or with InterExchange who help students get an internship in the USA.

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Marketing Cooperation

Social media contests By introducing social media contests we have managed to interact with students and companies in a new way by showcasing the products and services of our partners and at the same time engaging with students and manifesting what makes international mobility unique and unforgettable.

Erasmus Christmas Tree This contest’s goal was to showcase that students can be in a festive mood no matter how far they are from their home, that they love to keep up with their traditions, share them with new friends, and, of course, how they never miss a chance to laugh, be creative, and create awesome memories while on Erasmus.

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Erasmus Love Stories Highlighting that love comes in many shapes and forms, the contest proved that international students, despite their short-term staying abroad, can create strong and long-lasting relations. They are not afraid to bond even if they know that they and their loved ones will soon be separated by a great distance, and they tend to create memories that carry with them forever.

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Erasmus vs Boredom Organised during the height of the lockdowns in Europe, the contest was meant to showcase that students will always find a way to laugh and have fun, to be creative and make unforgettable memories while being on exchange.

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Total interactions

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International Board 2019/2020

President

Kostis Giannidis

Vice-President

Tajana Mohnacki

Communication Manager

Sabina Achim

People

Treasurer

João Vasco Oliveira

Web Project Administrator

Kaspars Ābelnīca

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ESN Secretariat

Rasmus Benke-Åberg Director

Henriette Umutesi Administrator

Wim Gabriels Project Manager

François Colonval Financial Assistant

Jirka Beran Partnership Manager

Annie Coleman Web Developer

Gorka Guerrero Web Developer

Cándido Otero Web Developer

Nikolina Đurić Communication & Projects Assistant

Wynette Aplasen Communication & Media Intern

Alberto Spatola Training & Development Assistant

Adessa Zadia Culture & Education Policy Assistant

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Chrys Andrianakou Digital Marketing Intern

Zrinka Trusić Events & Project Coordinator

Beatriz Terreros Former Communication & Media Intern

Angela Russo Former Culture & Education Policy Assistant

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Josipa Friščić Former Communication & Projects Assistant

Patrycja Woszczek Former Communication & Media Intern

Fakhra Karamat Former Financial Assistant

Hana Bui Tao Former Digital Marketing Intern

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International Board Supporters CNR Administrator Lupe Flores Zuñiga (The Netherlands) CNR Secretary Dimitris Kritsotakis (Greece) CNR Main Chair Joana Ribau Leite (Portugal) Jasmin Mathea (The Netherlands) Liaison Officers liaison@esn.org Oscar Boije (Sweden) João Costa (Portugal) Giannis Parastatidis (Greece) Patricia Goncalves (Portugal) Joana Ribau Leite (Portugal) Marie-Céline Falisse (Belgium) Irina Veselinović (Serbia) Juan Rayon Gonzalez (Spain) Maksim Karanović (Serbia) Olivia Parczyk (Germany) ESN Alumni Board alumni@esn.org 2019 Jasmin Zahn (Germany) Giovanni Giacobbi (Italy) Julia Svozil (Switzerland) Hendrik Dane (Germany) Markus Lutter (Germany)

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2020 Jasmin Zahn (Germany) Hoang Le (Germany) Giovanni Giacobbi (Italy) Hendrik Dane (Germany) Markus Lutter (Germany)

International Committees Chairing Teams International Committee for Education Evgenii Puchkov (Russia) Sira Inchusta Carrillo (Belgium) Carlijn Verhagen (The Netherlands) Network Committee Michal Hubáček (Czech Republic) Roos Vangeneugden (Belgium) Gumru Aliyeva (Azerbaijan) Finance Committee Francisco Martins (Portugal) Petya Georgieva (Bulgaria) Communication Committee Patrick Predella (Italy) Vedrana Kovačić (Croatia) Bětka Hamrová (Czech Republic) IT Committee Nestor Sabater (Spain) Theodora Kyriakou (Greece)

International Teams ESNsurvey Robert Banet (Poland) Kyriaki Rousou (Cyprus) Nata Japiashvili (Georgia) Tina Kristina Katava (Croatia) Juan Simoes (Spain) Eduk8 Team 2019 Katarzyna Udała (Poland) Dani Zsiros (Hungary) Inês Sá (Portugal) Flóra Bajnay (Hungary) Joan De Monte (Portugal) Team 2020 Margarita Kuvaldina (Czech Republic) Helena Kačić-Bartulović (Croatia) Jens Bulinckx (Austria) Rümeysa Keskinoğlu (Turkey) Matěj Mysliveček (Czech Republic) ESNcard Grzegorz Zamaryka (Poland) Hassan Merghani (Finland) Beatriz Lamy (Portugal) International Erasmus Games Aleksandra Seweryn (Belgium) Verena Reichle (Lichtenstein) Orane Maquin (France) Mickaël Golinski (France)

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Social Inclusion Talip Doğan (Turkey) Elisavet Rozaki (Greece) Nicolò Bersanelli (Italy) IT Contributors Dimitris Kritsotakis (Greece) Lukas Heddendorp (Germany) Jeroen van Lent (Sweden) Fabian Bircher (Switzerland) Giannis Vlassis (Greece) Filippos Mikropoulos (Greece) Batuhan Üzümcü (Turkey) Erik Berdonces Bonelo (Finland) Thomas Pappas (Greece) Structural Task Force Riccardo Greco (France) Belinda Curcuruto (Belgium) Sofia Yaz (Switzerland) Jens Bulinckx (Austria) Margarita Kuvaldina (Czech Republic) Beatriz Terreros (Spain)

Network Care Team Network Care Coordinator Dimitris Lemonis (Greece) Regional Coordinators Anna Demiri (Greece) Joyce Zykova (Czech Republic) Kit Schofield (Sweden) Déborah Thiry (Belgium) Nour El Kholy (Italy)

Regional Training Coordinators Kyriakos Kalantaridis (Greece) Tereza Kadlecová (Czech Republic) Margarita Kuvaldina (Czech Republic) Jens Bulinckx (Austria) Richard Greco (France) . Education Community Manager Theo Whitwill (Switzerland) HR and Network Community Manager Liina Reimann (Estonia) BFC Community Manager Natalia Kostrzewa (Poland) Communication Community Manager Nikolina Đurić (Serbia) IT Community Manager Rytis Deržinauskas (Lithuania) Membership Team Zrinka Trusić (Croatia) Paula Pop (Romania) Nour El Kholy (Italy) Olivia Parczyk (Germany) Damian Pirog (Poland) Damla Sena Karakaya (Turkey) Giannis Parastatidis (Greece) Hugo Silveira Gouveia (Portugal) Jana Boarchardt (Germany) Tsveta Milanova (Bulgaria) Vangelis Zikos (Greece)

Internal Audit Team Damla Sena Karakaya (Turkey) Iacob Morariu (Spain) Ignacio Santos (Spain) Oscar Backman (Sweden) Pau Secall (Spain) Arbitration Board Igor Pater (Poland) Enzo Marquet (Belgium) Naomi Beaux (Belgium) AGM Advisory Team Antonis Platis (Greece) Tijana Stojanović (Serbia) Sofia Tyrla (Greece) Adrianna Skolimowska (Poland) Filippos Mikropoulos (Greece) Pol Barbarroja (Spain) AGM Chairing Team Kyriakos Kalantaridis (Greece) Robert Banet (Poland) Simon Schwientek (Germany) Mikaela Åhlén (Sweden) Aleksandra Seweryn (Belgium)

Audit Commission Sophie Girardin (Switzerland) Ben Gaffinet (Switzerland)

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ESN Albania albania@esn.org

ESN Estonia estonia@esn.org

ESN Liechtenstein liechtenstein@esn.org

ESN Russia russia@esn.org

ESN Austria austria@esn.org

ESN Finland finland@esn.org

ESN Lithuania lithuania@esn.org

ESN Serbia serbia@esn.org

ESN Azerbaijan azerbaijan@esn.org

ESN France france@esn.org

ESN Luxembourg luxembourg@esn.org

ESN Slovakia slovakia@esn.org

ESN Belarus belarus@esn.org

ESN Georgia georgia@esn.org

ESN Malta . malta@esn.org

ESN Belgium belgium@esn.org

ESN Germany germany@esn.org

ESN Moldova moldova@esn.org

ESN Spain spain@esn.org

ESN Bosnia and Herzegovina bih@esn.org

ESN Greece greece@esn.org

ESN the Netherlands netherlands@esn.org

ESN Sweden sweden@esn.org

ESN Bulgaria bulgaria@esn.org

ESN Hungary hungary@esn.org

ESN Norway norway@esn.org

ESN Switzerland switzerland@esn.org

ESN Croatia croatia@esn.org

ESN Iceland iceland@esn.org

ESN Poland poland@esn.org

ESN Turkey turkey@esn.org

ESN Cyprus cyprus@esn.org

ESN Ireland ireland@esn.org

ESN Portugal portugal@esn.org

ESN Ukraine ukraine@esn.org

ESN Czech Republic czech_republic@esn.org

ESN Italy italy@esn.org

ESN Romania romania@esn.org

ESN United Kingdom uk@esn.org

ESN Denmark denmark@esn.org

ESN Latvia latvia@esn.org

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