Warsaw, Host City of the Largest Meeting of the Erasmus Student Network
From 7th to 10th April 2016, Warsaw will play host to the Annual General Meeting, the largest student conference of its kind in Europe. The event is organised every year by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
As a de-facto representation of the Erasmus generation, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the largest European student conference focusing on the theme of mobility. Organised by the local member association ESN SGH, this prestigious event will be held in Warsaw this year, turning the city into the 'Capital of Erasmus' for four days. During this time, Warsaw will host a delegation of 1,200 students representing 500 Higher Education Institutions from 38 countries to debate not only the future of the organisation itself, but also the broader role of internationally oriented youth in Europe.
"We need youth to know that no matter their education, economic or ethnic background, their voice matters!" - Safi Sabuni, President of ESN
Indeed, with more than 25 years of experience, ESN is the largest student organisation in Europe, actively involved in the fields of youth mobility and student exchange. The organisation contributes to the construction of an active and dynamic academic environment by supporting and developing academic mobility and the creation of better job prospects for youth.
As such, a central feature of the AGM will be an International Infomarket boasting the participation of representatives from hundreds of universities from across Europe, as well as a host of young international companies. The infomarket will be the most comprehensive study fair organised in Poland, catering to the local student population. Further supporting the theme of youth employability, over 50 workshops under the banner of non-formal education will also be on offer at the AGM.
In line with its motto 'Students Helping Students', ESN actively supports European integration and intercultural exchange through its numerous activities and the work of its volunteers. One of the most symbolic moments of the AGM will be the International Flag Parade, with delegates dressing in country colours to walk down the streets of Warsaw in celebration of ESN's core values - unity in diversity, cooperation in integration and the love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange.
To follow the event on social media, use the hashtags #AGMwarsaw and #THISisESN. Updates will also be posted through facebook and twitter.
Erasmus Student Network is the largest student organisation in Europe. It was founded on 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 to supporting and develop student exchange. We are present in more than 500 Higher Education Institutions in 38 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding, with 15,000 active members supported by mentors taking care of international students. Thus, ESN involves around 34,000 young people offering its services to around 190.000 international students every year. More information can be found through ESN's Media Kit.
The fall National Platform of ESN Norway will take place from 24 - 27 September in Molde.
The organising committee is working hard as they are going in the final month before the event starts, and all sections are now looking forward to gather once again for a weekend of sharing knowledge and experience. This will be even more exciting as the scenery and the landscapes of Molde will surround us.
At this NP, ESN Norway has opened up for two positions. There will be an election on the position as "Vice-President" and "Secretary". Contact your local section to get more information!
The spring 2015 National Platform of ESN Norway took place in Bergen from March 5th-8th. This Platform had in total 52 ESNers present. All seven of our sections were registered and planning to attend, but do to an airline strike, the representative from ESN Finnmark was, unfortunately, not able to attend. We were lucky to have representatives from both of our buddy countries, ESN Denmark and ESN Sweden, present, as well as international guests from ESN Slovakia and ESN Austria.
Other guests were two representatives from our National Agency, Centre for Internationalisation of Education (SIU), our national partner the mobile phone operator Chess, and a representative from the Student Parliament at the University of Bergen. Due to the cancelled flights, our guests from Time Travels and the national board of the International Students Union (ISU) could not attend.
We did our best to increase the number of workshops and small sessions at this NP. We had seven sessions, with normally two parallels, spread over Friday-Sunday. These sessions covered several topics regarding international projects of ESN, development of soft skills and one WS organized by our NA, Education Officer and national Mov’in Europe coordinator regarding the many possibilities there are for Norwegians that might be interested to study or work abroad. This implementation was quite successful, and we all felt it help to increase the interactivity of the participants during the event.
In addition to some changes to our Statutes and introduction of several guidelines and other documents, the next national board of ESN Norway was elected! They will start their mandate after AGM Ankara, April 20th. The lucky ones are:
President: Christina Havn (ESN Bergen)
Vice-president: Monika Kalstad (ESN Bergen)
National Representative: Ronja Hesthammer (ESN Bergen)
Treasurer and partnership: Ole Christian Haavaldsen (ESN Trondheim)
Communication manager: Vacant
On behalf of ESN Norway, I want to express our gratitude to Alessandro Tedesco and Timothy Daniel for being a superb Chairing team together with our own Luiza Oancea, and Piero Gentilini and Carlos Guillemot for arranging interactive and motivating workshops and in, general lifting the energy level J
This event was a great practice for ESN Bergen, as they will also be organizing the Northern European Platform (NEP) 2015 in October. We look forward to see many of you there!
This weekend, the 11th to the 15th of December more than 120 representatives from 37 countries attended the Council of National Delegates in Vilnius, Lithuania. ESN Norway was represented by Ronja (National Representative), Monika (National Delegate), Daria (Vice National Delegate) and Caroline (Guest). Throughout the days there were several presentations, discussions and workshops on the future strategy for ESN. In the evening there was an including and nice social programme arranged by the host section ESN VGTU.
The Northern European Platform is one of five regional platforms in ESN, arranged once a year. NEP includes the eight countries Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Iceland. This event seeks to introduce the section members to international projects, committees and the overall structure of the network, as well as to share best practices, experiences and ideas with members from other sections across countries.
This year NEP was organized in Stockholm on November 6th-9th. ESN Norway sent 13 delegates, which we’re very happy about. Unfortunately, not all seven sections were represented. Events like this are important to inform and motivate the new members of ESN, and to encourage them to be active also beyond the local level.
New of this year’s regional platforms are that the agenda focused a lot more on interactive learning through workshops and other methods, rather than one-way communication through presentations. The delegates from ESN Norway were very pleased with the event. They felt they learned a lot about ESN and our projects, and they felt motivated and were eager to bring this new knowledge and ideas back home to their sections.
From ESN Norway the following delegates attended NEP Stockholm:
Mirela Cacan (President)
Monika Kalstad (Vice-President)
Ronja Hesthammer (National Representative)
Shahryiar Mustafa (local vice-president)
Petter Handegard (local board member)
Annabelle Caurie (local active member)
Daria Ech (local president and local representative)
Nina Therese (local active member)
Veronika Bauer (local vice-president)
Chang (Isabella) Tan (local representative)
Fredrik Meling (local president)
Isa Storheil (local represenative)
Ole Christian Haavaldsen (local treasurer)
ESN Agder, Oslo and Ås were not represented.
The next National Platform will take place in Oslo between the 11th and the 14th of September. The event will be organized by ESN Oslo. Stay tuned for more information.
The CNR in Sofia took place from the 30th of January to the 2nd of February. As the last CNR before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) the meeting was packed with proposals to change the Statutes and Standing orders of ESN international. Among some of the most important discussions were the organizational structure of ESN and how to cope with the rapidly expanding network and the new challenges that has arisen with the introduction of Erasmus+. Mainly two problematic areas was exposed. Firstly, because of the rapid expansion of the network the workload of the vice president has been severely increased due to the large amount of internal activities within the network to monitor as well as external responsibilities. Secondly, due to the decentralization of grant opportunities with the introduction of Erasmus+, more time must be devoted to the application process as more grant applications must be submitted in order to obtain the same financial situation. A proposal to add a 6th member to the IB to split up the tasks of the vice president was presented, however it was decided that such a decision might have a vast impact and needs to be more refined before implementation. The proposal was not accepted this time, but highlighted and put into the spotlight some of the most important challenges that the network is facing.