Competition: Mobility is My Lifestyle!

ESN International news - Wed, 30/11/2016 - 18:15

Have you ever dreamt about travelling non-stop? Do you have a plan to visit all European Capitals one day? Would you like to share stories to inspire others to explore the unknown?

Erasmus Student Network’s Mov’in Europe project joined forces with Student Universe and Hostelling International to launch a competition “Mobility is My Lifestyle” and reward one person with an excellent two week journey, visiting 5 European cities and experience what it means to be a real mobility ambassador!

Wanna win?

Rules are very simple:
  • Submit a 45-60 seconds long video answering the question “What is international mobility for you?”
  • Upload the link to the video to your Twitter with the hashtag #MobilityIsMyLifestyle and tag @movineurope and @esn_int.
  • Your name, surname, nationality, current location, and occupation must be mentioned at the beginning of the video.
  • You are responsible for the content copyrights, according to the state law. By submitting the video, you confirm that you have not breached any copyright laws.
  • The video has to use the English language.
  • One person can only submit one video.
  • The video should not include inappropriate or offensive language.

And then wish for the best! The winner will be announced by the end of January and will receive a prize of 2 weeks journey covered by Erasmus Student Network, Student Universe and Hostelling International.

The winner will receive a 2 week trip around Europe with travel and accommodation costs covered. During the trip you will visit 5 cities of Europe and meet ESN members to share the experience and learn more about the culture. You will document all the moments in pictures or videos and share daily with the Mov’in Europe followers.

We're waiting for your entries until 31st of December 2016!

By submitting your video to the competition you agree to the competition’s Terms & Conditions.

 

Attachment Files:  MobilityisMyLifestyle_Terms_and_Conditions.pdf
Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN ASE Bucharest

ESN International news - Wed, 30/11/2016 - 11:59

Winter is slowly approaching, holidays are upon us, and our sections continue to spread their magic in a similar fashion. With that in mind, we are more than happy to introduce you to our Section in the Spotlight for December: ESN ASE Bucharest.

The section doesn’t have a very long history - they were founded in 2013 by a group of optimistic and persistent students who wanted to organise events for international and exchange students. Today, they are a strong and creative section that has 90 members in total, out of which 40 of them are active members, while 50 of them are active only in the Buddy Team. Their team even has a former Erasmus student who decided to stay in their lovely city and who continued interacting with exchange students.The recruitment of members happens twice a year, once in August, and once in February. After the process is done, they have #InductionDays where new members, during one weekend, get a chance to learn more about the structure of the network, and how it functions.

“Our section knows that people are the greatest value an organization can have, that's why we put a lot of emphasis on creating a great environment for continuous self-development.”

The team of ESN ASE Bucharest consists of a Local Board, and five departments: Events Planning, Project Management, Human Resources, Marketing & PR, Finance & Partnerships, and additionaly, the Buddy Team. The entire team meets once a month for a general meeting, while the departments have two monthly meetings, wrapping it up with a monthly teambuilding activity. Thanks to the one month knowledge transfer and well established means of communication, the transition period between the Local Boards always runs smoothly.

ESN ASE Bucharest has an amazing relationship with the municipality of Bucharest, and the University, who support them either financially, or with needed materials. However, most of their income comes from ESNcard, trips and visits.

They also have a nice way of motivating their members by giving them volunteer of the month award, as well as the best department of the month recognition, according to the involvment of each member. They have a small internal project, “We Progress Together”, offering each member to share their knowledge with other members. Speaking of projects, in June this year they have received a nice sum for their “Go Green! Go Clean!” activity funded by ESAA. Plus, their “GoInternational” project branded under Mov’in Europe, dedicated to outgoing Erasmus+ students, is financially supported by Accenture Romania, and is their flagship project. Together with the IRO of Bucharest University of Economic Studies they implement this project every year, divided in two stages: GoInternational 1.0 - promotion of Erasmus+ mobility opportunities, and GoInternational 2.0 - preparation of students who have been selected for Erasmus+ mobility.

Organising various events such as cultural evenings, cultural visits, entertaiment events, sport events, parties and trips presents no problem for them, since they have a hardworking team and amazing promotion. They communicate with their target audience mostly via Facebook (page and groups), website and e-mails. However, they are also active on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. Wow, ESN ASE Bucharest surely knows how to raise their visibility! But the section isn’t only visible thanks to their social media presence, but thanks to their mascot Parizaki as well. He comes from far, far away, most of his powers are still unknown, but his main goal is to protect exchange students and section members.

They are also very proud of their Buddy Team, and their method of successfully matching exchange students with local ones. Also, with their “GoInternational” project, they have created and opportunity for local students to network with current exchange students in their city.

The section is very successful in implementing international ESN projects. They participate in both SocialErasmus Weeks, and they try to organize at least one SocialErasmus activity each month. They were a part of national SocialErasmus project, funded by ESAA, “Children finding voices”, aimed at bringing joy and knowledge to school children. In Mov’in Europe department, they are going strong with their “GoInternational” project, and this year they are going to try to implement ExchangeAbility activities for the first time ever. We wish you best of luck!

They are trying their best to participate in all the national events, and they have composed a nice list of international events they have been present at. They are trying to contribute to national and international events not only by participating in them, but by organising them as well. This year they have six  members involved in the national level, and three members in international committees.

Despite the fact that ESN ASE Bucharest exists for only two and a half years, they have managed to build an active, hardworking, creative and overall wonderful section. They can only serve as an example for all the young sections who are only now starting their #ESNcareer. Stay strong, stay positive, and keep up the good work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: ESN International

First ExchangeAbility Week: 28/11 to 4/12!

ESN International news - Wed, 23/11/2016 - 19:31

From 28th November to 4th December, the Erasmus Student Network will rally volunteers from its 500+ sections in celebration of ExchangeAbility Week Autumn 2016.

In recognition of ESN's flagship project this year, ExchangeAbility Week is a new initiative that will bring students in Europe together through events and activities that raise awareness about obstacles faced daily by students with disabilities. The initiative aims to make Europe a more inclusive and accessible place, as well as to promote mobility to students with disabilities.

Studying abroad is becoming more popular and an ever increasing amount of students go on an academic exchange every year. However, when it comes to students with disabilities, the numbers are not increasing at the same rate. That is why the Erasmus Student Network believes it is high time to improve the conditions for these students, with a parallel goal of making ESN more inclusive and accessible as an organisation.

During ExchangeAbility Week, ESN sections from all around Europe will organise events and activities under the scope of the ExchangeAbility project, focusing this year on the topics of accessibility and inclusion.

ESN members will educate their students and fellow volunteers on the topic of disabilities and thus contribute to a more inclusive society and organisation. They will also be promoting mobility for students with disabilities, by spreading the message on the opportunities available, sharing testimonials of those who did it and by mapping the accessibility of university campuses

We believe that we can make a change and everyone is more than welcome to join! Since December 3rd is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, it makes even more sense that we get together and spread the word, take action and ultimately, celebrate this week actively fighting for a world where inclusion is standard.

Join the ExchangeAbility Week Facebook Event and follow the hashtags #ExchangeAbilityWeek, #ExchangeAbility and #THISisESN to keep updated!

Categories: ESN International

Open Call: Digital Marketing Intern

ESN International news - Wed, 23/11/2016 - 11:20

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is Europe’s biggest student organisation, present in more than 500 sections at 800 Higher Education Institutions in 39 European countries. It was founded in 1989, with the aim to support and develop student mobility. As part of its fundraising strategy, ESN partners up with the best international companies to offer loads of advantages to our members.

The international headquarters in Brussels is looking for a Digital Marketing Intern starting ideally in early January 2017. That person will support the Partnership Manager position on the marketing work of this role with the purpose to facilitate his tasks and, at the same time, learn about the latest digital marketing trends in the market and the business perspective of NGOs.

Terms and conditions
  • Internship for a duration of 6 months
  • The successful applicant should start in early January 2017 (to be discussed at the interview)
  • Must have an Erasmus Placement or any Internship Agreement
  • Accommodation at the ESN house in Brussels is provided
  • Transport costs in Brussels are covered
Profile
  • Balanced creative and analytical mindset
  • Data-driven marketer
  • Likes to work in teams and feels comfortable in a multicultural environment
  • Both B2C and B2B oriented
  • Passionate about marketing, social media and advertising
  • Willingness to learn
Requirements
  • Bachelor degree in Business Management, Marketing, Communication, PR or related
  • Comfortable in both written and spoken English
  • Proficient user of the Office package, especially Excel or any other spreadsheet
Main tasks
  • Research, planning and execution of marketing campaigns and communication plans for commercial partners
  • Content creation and edition on social media and newsletter campaigns with commercial content
  • Assistance in the optimization of the traffic on ESNcard.org via SEO (Search Engine Optimization), link building, SEM (Search Engine Marketing), SMM (Social Media Marketing) and remarketing processes, as our main commercial tool
  • Assistance in the tracking, evaluation, analysis and reporting of marketing actions and the general performance of ESN’s communication channels
  • Pro-active role on the engagement strategy of our social media channels
  • Provide support to the Partnership Manager, Project Teams and the rest of the ESN Office when needed
Why internship at the ESN Headquarters
  • Casual, friendly, multicultural environment
  • Professional business approach of NGOs
  • Work using latest tools and following the latest trends on digital marketing
  • Additional training opportunities in marketing and other fields of interest

To apply, you are encouraged to use the ErasmusIntern.org website. Alternatively, please send a short motivation letter and CV to [email protected] by the 6th of December 2016 at 23:59 CET. Please double-check that you are eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant before applying. Interviews, either in Brussels or via Skype will be conducted with the shortlisted applicants.


For questions regarding the position, please do not hesitate to contact ESN’s Partnership Manager Hugo at [email protected] (for content-related questions) or Director Rasmus at [email protected] (for technical/administrative questions).

Attachment Files:  2016_11_Open_Call_Digital_Marketing_Intern.pdf
Categories: ESN International

Max de Boer for YFJ Board

ESN International news - Mon, 31/10/2016 - 12:08

Max de Boer - Candidate for the European Youth Forum Board

On the 29th of September 2016, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) nominated me for the Board of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) 2017 – 2019.

Gratefully, I have accepted this nomination, which has filled me with a strong sense of duty to pursue my vision and priorities while staying faithful to my personal mission and values.

With this blog I would like (1) to elaborate on my vision, priorities and actions for the YFJ as a Board Member, (2) explain my vision for the elections, and (3) illustrate how my profile makes me a valuable addition to the board.

My Vision and Priorities for the YFJ

My mission, which drives and leads me daily, is to promote social-consciousness within our European society. Unfortunately, current political realities are severely mismatched, which poses an agonizing European future for our youth and the next generations to come. However, the risk of such an agonizing European reality can be prevented through stronger collaboration and interaction between our MOs.

I envision the YFJ as a platform that brings our members closer together, exchanges best-practices and works cohesively together towards a future envisioned by our youth. Because the MOs stand at the heart of the YFJ’s work, there are three key aims when following my vision: (1) narrowing the knowledge gap among the MOs (2) building stronger MOs and (3) creating equal opportunities for our youth across Europe.

This vision will serve me as a basis to successfully fulfil my role as a Board Member of the YFJ. Concretely, based on my envisioned agenda, I would like to focus on the following two key priorities during my mandate (1) stronger youth organisations and (2) education, non formal education (NFE) and youth employment.

Priority (I): Stronger Member Organisations

Starting with my first priority, I would like to focus on building out the capacities of our MOs through developing knowledge exchange tools and platforms, because the MOs stand at the core of the YFJ. Particularly, as a Board Member, I foresee to work on two key mechanisms to build out the capacities of the MOs: the (1) ‘Pool of Trainers’ (PoT), (2) the YO!Fest and the European Youth Event (EYE).

First of all, I would like to further develop an understandable, accessible and strong PoT. This requires a common understanding of the aim and purpose of the PoT. Therefore, the ideas for the development of the PoT should be based on the needs of the MOs and the Forum.

Secondly, I would like to take over the responsibility for the work portfolio of the upcoming YO!Fest in Maastricht and the next version of EYE. With my educational and professional background in event management and having been involved in both events as a participant and partner, I am eager to contribute with my knowledge and competences to further develop these events. I believe that the YO!Fest and the EYE are key events to showcase the MOs’ work, foster cooperation between the MOs and foster the relationships with the stakeholders.

Last but not least, based on the draft work plan, other envisaged work areas would be the advocacy for recognition of the role of youth organisations in society, development of regional youth platforms and the empowerment of MOs to be more diverse and inclusive. These three work areas are key to further build out the capacity of our MOs and the representation of the Forum.

Priority (II): Education, Non-Formal Education (NFE) and Youth Employment

For my second priority, I would like to focus on education and NFE as my priority policy fields and youth employment as supporting policy field. This requires on the one hand an individual approach to each policy field such as quality education, recognition of non-formal education and youth employment. These individual policy fields are are all equally important. On the other hand, it also requires a holistic approach to all three policy fields, in order to support the process of lifelong learning but also design an ‘education to employment system’ that works.

I strongly believe that the MOs are key to enhance the dialogue between practitioners and policy makers in order to proactively propose and implement policies. Knowing that the coming two years will be crucial for the shaping of the next European agenda, we need to ensure that the voice of young people are reflected in the negotiations of the policies in these fields.

The YFJ has shown a good approach in actively involving MOs in the policy making process, such as the creation of the networks and the expert groups. These structures have been a solid basis to involve the MOs at an early stage in the policy making process. Further innovation of the structures can be adapted in order to ensure a higher level of engagement from the MOs.

A Board of Good Governance and Content-Based Elections

However, these envisioned priorities and actions can only be achieved with a board that will function as a team according to the ‘Good Governance Manifesto for the YFJ’. Only a board functioning on the basis of the manifesto will result in an environment where each Board Member can achieve his or her priorities and in the end create value for the MOs.

Additionally, this also requires that the upcoming elections are content based. Only when these elections are content based, the next elected board can progress as a team based on the MOs vision and ideas for the YFJ. From the candidates’ application forms, one can see that all the nominated candidates have a clear vision, strong priorities and the integrity to govern YFJ. It is essential that these visions, priorities and candidates are strongly aligned in order to make progress for the upcoming board years. Therefore, I appeal to all the MOs to share their ideas, visions and content transparently to all the candidates and have a content-based dialogue with the candidates and among the MOs during the elections.

A Different Perspective within the Board

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the support of my nominating organization, ESN, but also the support of the ‘Exchange Group’ and ENGSO Youth for my candidacy. I fully understand the responsibility of this nomination and support.

This support is also partly rooted in the knowledge that I can bring a different perspective and added value to the board based on my educational and professional background. Two concrete examples how to leverage my expertise and knowledge from my background are (1) by supporting the financial management within the board and (2) by working towards an improvement of processes between the governing bodies in order to establish faster, more-transparent and a less bureaucratic platform.

Now, having outlined my vision, priorities and ideas for action as a Board Member does not imply that they are set in stone. They are open for discussion. Therefore, I invite all the MOs to share their questions, ideas, visions and priorities via the #Askthecandidates tool, mail, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. If you would like to find out more about my candidacy, please find my official candidacy here.

I wish the other candidates all the best and look forward to hearing your ideas, having constructive discussions and making the first progress during these #YFJelections.

Attachment Files:  Max de Boer CV_ YFJ Board 2017-2019 Application.pdf
Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN Växjö

ESN International news - Thu, 27/10/2016 - 12:41

Every great person has a place that shaped them. Harry Potter had Hogwarts and Luke Skywalker was taught the ways of the force by Yoda himself. Now what about Stefan Jahnke and Safi Sabuni, our very own stars of ESN AISBL? Although they weren’t Harry’s classmates, they did the next best thing. They joined ESN Växjö.

With a board consisting of 12 members, half of which are chosen among international students, you know that these guys mean business. And if this is not enough, there are also four committees which aid the board members in their everyday work. Talking about good cooperation!

Believe it or not, ESN Växjö, also known as Växjö International Students (VIS), was founded in 1991 and they will be celebrating their 25th birthday this year! Over these long years, they have managed to build and expand their organisation into a truly remarkable section. ESN Växjö has proven over and over again they have an unquenchable thirst to do more: they proved this just last month by organising the Swedish National Platform!

So what type of events do they organise? While they effectively deal with standard sports events, trips to neighbouring countries and cultural events, their pièce de résistance is the Welcome Dinner which they organise annually for almost 400 students. This event not only kicks off the semester on a grand note, but it also does a great deal in maintaining a strong relationship with the university authorities.

“Our Higher Education Institution (HEI) has often expressed the value of the fact that we organize this event. It's not only important for us and our students, but it is as well for our university. We have a good connection with our HEI”

Moreover, ESN Växjö focuses a lot on keeping their members motivated. Apart from sending ambitious and deeply involved members to various local and international events, they also hold two team building events for both the board and active members. There is, however, something that motivates ESN Växjö members even more.

"Even though we work 16 hours per day for an event, it's definitely worth it when we see how much they appreciate what we do. Hearing "Thank you for organizing this, it was amazing" makes everything worth it"

 

ESN Växjö is a perfect example of the ESN flame which will not burn out despite the stacking years. On the contrary, I’m under the impression that each year makes them shine even more. I suggest we raise a glass and celebrate the 25th birthday of the section that just keeps giving. Cheers!

Categories: ESN International

Granada Nights - A Study Abroad Film

ESN International news - Tue, 18/10/2016 - 17:58

Eyefive Films has launched a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise finance for the feature film “Granada Nights”, which ends November 10th. Granada Nights is a self-discovery story based on the Erasmus study abroad program that is under threat due to BREXIT.

Indiegogo Link: https://igg.me/at/GNFilm

“With the rise of the Far Right, BREXIT, racism, bigotry, terrorism and the refugee crisis, we need to remind people why it's essential to come together and try to understand one another” says British-Pakistani Director, Abid Khan.

Granada Nights follows Ben’s journey from being an uncultured tourist to student to an expat. Set in the stunning multicultural city of Granada, Spain, which has its own history of cultural upheaval. Islam and Christianity traded places, shared space and the effects and influences are all still evident today.

Indiegogo, a crowd funding website approached the filmmakers early this year to help run a campaign to raise the modest amount of $20,000 which will go towards essential production costs.

Shot entirely in Granada, Spain, the filmmakers want to capture the authentic feel of what it means to study in and adapt to a foreign city full of culture. “It marks the milestones of a typical study abroad student and is about searching for a sense of belonging and the friendships you make with other students.” says Abid Khan who was an international student himself in Granada almost 10 years ago.

Abid believes it is important to make this film now, “We want to reach out to past, present and future students to tell them that Europe needs you now, more than ever! Through this film we want to remind people to share in our similarities and celebrate our differences and help to unite a divided Europe.”

The Erasmus Student Network has agreed on helping to spread the message of this production as a way to encourage young people to go abroad, experience other cultures and learn to be a better citizen of the world by living out of their comfort zone. As Abid, we think we are in a moment in which it is most needed to share the real value of international exchange and intercultural understanding.

 

For more information and contribute to the crowdfunding campaign, please visit http://www.granadanights.com

Eyefive Films is a film production company working on international film projects. Often working on a micro-budget, they feel passionate about going that extra mile.

Categories: ESN International

Granada Nights - A Study Abroad Film

ESN International news - Tue, 18/10/2016 - 17:58

Eyefive Films has launched a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise finance for the feature film “Granada Nights”, which ends November 10th. Granada Nights is a self-discovery story based on the Erasmus study abroad program that is under threat due to BREXIT.

Indiegogo Link: https://igg.me/at/GNFilm

“With the rise of the Far Right, BREXIT, racism, bigotry, terrorism and the refugee crisis, we need to remind people why it's essential to come together and try to understand one another” says British-Pakistani Director, Abid Khan.

Granada Nights follows Ben’s journey from being an uncultured tourist to student to an expat. Set in the stunning multicultural city of Granada, Spain, which has its own history of cultural upheaval. Islam and Christianity traded places, shared space and the effects and influences are all still evident today. 

Indiegogo, a crowd funding website approached the filmmakers early this year to help run a campaign to raise the modest amount of $20,000 which will go towards essential production costs.

Shot entirely in Granada, Spain, the filmmakers want to capture the authentic feel of what it means to study in and adapt to a foreign city full of culture. “It marks the milestones of a typical study abroad student and is about searching for a sense of belonging and the friendships you make with other students.” says Abid Khan who was an international student himself in Granada almost 10 years ago.

Abid believes it is important to make this film now, “We want to reach out to past, present and future students to tell them that Europe needs you now, more than ever! Through this film we want to remind people to share in our similarities and celebrate our differences and help to unite a divided Europe.”

The Erasmus Student Network has agreed on helping to spread the message of this production as a way to encourage young people to go abroad, experience other cultures and learn to be a better citizen of the world by living out of their comfort zone. As Abid, we think we are in a moment in which it is most needed to share the real value of international exchange and intercultural understanding.

 

For more information and contribute to the crowdfunding campaign, please visit http://www.granadanights.com

 

Eyefive Films is a film production company working on international film projects. Often working on a micro-budget, they feel passionate about going that extra mile.

Categories: ESN International

A New Beginning for ESN International

ESN International news - Sat, 15/10/2016 - 11:13

On Friday 30th September, the Erasmus Student Network moved from its premises on Rue Hydraulique 15 to a new location on Rue Joseph II 120.

First established as the ESN House in 2005, the premises was repurposed to serve as the ESN Office, the official seat of the Erasmus Student Network.

On this occasion, we have documented the moving process in the form of a short film. Enjoy!

New ESN Office:

Rue Joseph II 120
Brussels 1000
Belgium

Categories: ESN International

A New Beginning for ESN International

ESN International news - Sat, 15/10/2016 - 11:13

On Friday 30th September, the Erasmus Student Network moved from its premises on Rue Hydraulique 15 to a new location on Rue Jozef II 120.

First established as the ESN House in 2005, the premises was repurposed to serve as the ESN Office, the official seat of the Erasmus Student Network.

On this occasion, we have documented the moving process in the form of a short film. Enjoy!

New ESN Office:

Rue Jozef II 120
Brussels 1000
Belgium

Categories: ESN International

EAIE2016: Student Perspective on Higher Education

ESN International news - Fri, 14/10/2016 - 16:44

In mid-September around 5000 higher education staff, researchers, students and service providers poured into Albert Dock in Liverpool, ready for a three day conference with the conference slogan “Imagine” as a theme. The conference hosts a packed agenda with back-to-back seminars, hour-long workshops, receptions and an all-day exhibition area, the EAIE manages to keep even the most prepared busy.

This year ESN had it’s biggest representation and visibility in comparison to previous years. With a delegation of seven, ESN participated as speakers and moderators in over a dussin of sessions. As one of very few student organisations present, our main aim is to set the student-perspective on top of the ongoing discussions and ensure that the student voice is heard and reflected upon.


This year ESN highlighted three important themes at the EAIE; Digitalisation of higher education with the Online Learning Agreement Project and Erasmus Without Paper; Accessibility of international mobility through MappED! Focusing on empowering and facilitating the opportunity of mobility exchanges for students with disabilities; HousErasmus+ that investigates the accessibility of affordable housing for international students and trainees in Europe.

All together we managed to reach over 1000 people through our sessions, posters and stand at the EAIE. This results wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration with meaningful partners in ensuring that the student perspective got a platform at this years EAIE and in addressing the topic of the future of higher education in Europe.

Lastly we want to thank the EAIE, the European Commission, Times Higher Education, European University Foundation, Coimbra Group of Universities, Ghent University, University of Vigo, University of Warsaw, Karolinska Institutet, Politechnical University of Valencia, University of Cyprus, The Class of 2020, Uniplaces, U-Multirank for a great collaboration!

 

Categories: ESN International

EAIE2016: Student Perspective on Higher Education

ESN International news - Fri, 14/10/2016 - 16:44

In mid-September around 5000 higher education staff, researchers, students and service providers poured into Albert Dock in Liverpool, ready for a three day conference with the conference slogan “Imagine” as a theme. The conference hosts a packed agenda with back-to-back seminars, hour-long workshops, receptions and an all-day exhibition area, the EAIE manages to keep even the most prepared busy.

This year ESN had it’s biggest representation and visibility in comparison to previous years. With a delegation of seven, ESN participated as speakers and moderators in over a dussin of sessions. As one of very few student organisations present, our main aim is to set the student-perspective on top of the ongoing discussions and ensure that the student voice is heard and reflected upon.


This year ESN highlighted three important themes at the EAIE; Digitalisation of higher education with the Online Learning Agreement Project and Erasmus Without Paper; Accessibility of international mobility through MappED! Focusing on empowering and facilitating the opportunity of mobility exchanges for students with disabilities; HousErasmus+ that investigates the accessibility of affordable housing for international students and trainees in Europe.

All together we managed to reach over 1000 people through our sessions, posters and stand at the EAIE. This results wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration with meaningful partners in ensuring that the student perspective got a platform at this years EAIE and in addressing the topic of the future of higher education in Europe.

Lastly we want to thank the EAIE, the European Commission, Times Higher Education, European University Foundation, Coimbra Group of Universities, Ghent University, University of Vigo, University of Warsaw, Karolinska Institutet, Politechnical University of Valencia, University of Cyprus, The Class of 2020, Uniplaces, U-Multirank for a great collaboration!

 

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN IBS

ESN International news - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 17:28

Can you smell rain and pumpkin spice latte in the air? We are back, and we have decided to watch leaves turn crunchy in the capital of Hungary. Say hello to our Section in the Spotlight for October: ESN IBS!

ESN IBS, a very new and young section, was born out of the cooperation with the Student Union of International Business School in 2013. There are more than 20 members in the section: 8 alumni members, 7 active mambers, 3 coordinators, and a newly elected Local Board which consists of a President, Vice-President and a Treasurer. The section has a very good understanding of the needs of their incoming Erasmus students because of two lucky coincidences—one of their members is also an Erasmus coordinator at their University, and 80% of members in their team are international students. How cool is that? 

They also have a very thorough recruitment process. They start by making promotional YouTube videos and flyers on why students should join their organization, then continue by sending invitations to students official University e-mail addresses who then proceed to apply for membership by submitting a Google form filled with various questions. Other than holding weekly and monthly meetings, they take care of their members by organizing teambuildings which they believe are an optimal tool for creating a friendly team, and in order to educate their members they organize trainings and workshops for that exact purpose.

Their University is kind enough to help them out financially by paying for their participation on national and international events. ESNcards and Vodafone cards also contribute to their fundraising, as well as monthly parties in collaboration with 10 other ESN sections in Budapest. As much as their Erasmus students love their nightly events, they also try to keep them entertained by organizing trips, outdoor activities and sport events. What makes their events so successful are the surveys they make in order to gather opinions and suggestions of Erasmus students, therefor including them in their work. They are involved in international projects of ESN as well, especially SocialErasmus and Mov’in Europe.

The news about their events are easily accessible to all students on their Facebook page, internal Facebook groups, Instagram account, website and a blog on the official website of International Business School. ESN IBS likes seeing local students attend their events, so their target group is all 900 students who study at the University. Impressive!

You want to hear something even more impressive? They made contact with ESN Azerbaijan in Baku and made an event called “Make a first step with ESN” for which they made a presentation on how to launch a new section and become a part of ESN, and in the process reached all the Universities in Baku. They are currently planning trips for ESN members from Budapest to Azerbaijan, and the other way around, for the purpose of knowledge exchange. What an amazing example of section cooperation!

Their members are present at every national and international event, and their main motivator is experience. They undertand that more experience leads to better communication, team work, organizational and other skills.

They are a very multicultural section, since there are only few section members who are actually Hungarian. All other members came from different parts of the world to study at their international University. They are full-time international students dealing with part-time international students, and in that they are unique.

“We are more aware of differences in cultures, and we have experience in working with international students. Our University is international which means our help is even more needed.”

ESN IBS is a fast growing section with motivated, hardworking members and ambitious ideas. We expect nothing but greatness from them.

written by Tajana Mohnacki

 

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN IBS

ESN International news - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 17:28

Can you smell rain and pumpkin spice latte in the air? We are back, and we have decided to watch leaves turn crunchy in the capital of Hungary. Say hello to our Section in the Spotlight for October: ESN IBS!

ESN IBS, a very new and young section, was born out of the cooperation with the Student Union of International Business School in 2013. There are more than 20 members in the section: 8 alumni members, 7 active mambers, 3 coordinators, and a newly elected Local Board which consists of a President, Vice-President and a Treasurer. The section has a very good understanding of the needs of their incoming Erasmus students because of two lucky coincidences—one of their members is also an Erasmus coordinator at their University, and 80% of members in their team are international students. How cool is that? 

They also have a very thorough recruitment process. They start by making promotional YouTube videos and flyers on why students should join their organization, then continue by sending invitations to students official University e-mail addresses who then proceed to apply for membership by submitting a Google form filled with various questions. Other than holding weekly and monthly meetings, they take care of their members by organizing teambuildings which they believe are an optimal tool for creating a friendly team, and in order to educate their members they organize trainings and workshops for that exact purpose.

Their University is kind enough to help them out financially by paying for their participation on national and international events. ESNcards and Vodafone cards also contribute to their fundraising, as well as monthly parties in collaboration with 10 other ESN sections in Budapest. As much as their Erasmus students love their nightly events, they also try to keep them entertained by organizing trips, outdoor activities and sport events. What makes their events so successful are the surveys they make in order to gather opinions and suggestions of Erasmus students, therefor including them in their work. They are involved in international projects of ESN as well, especially SocialErasmus and Mov’in Europe.

The news about their events are easily accessible to all students on their Facebook page, internal Facebook groups, Instagram account, website and a blog on the official website of International Business School. ESN IBS likes seeing local students attend their events, so their target group is all 900 students who study at the University. Impressive!

You want to hear something even more impressive? They made contact with ESN Azerbaijan in Baku and made an event called “Make a first step with ESN” for which they made a presentation on how to launch a new section and become a part of ESN, and in the process reached all the Universities in Baku. They are currently planning trips for ESN members from Budapest to Azerbaijan, and the other way around, for the purpose of knowledge exchange. What an amazing example of section cooperation!

Their members are present at every national and international event, and their main motivator is experience. They undertand that more experience leads to better communication, team work, organizational and other skills.

They are a very multicultural section, since there are only few section members who are actually Hungarian. All other members came from different parts of the world to study at their international University. They are full-time international students dealing with part-time international students, and in that they are unique.

“We are more aware of differences in cultures, and we have experience in working with international students. Our University is international which means our help is even more needed.”

ESN IBS is a fast growing section with motivated, hardworking members and ambitious ideas. We expect nothing but greatness from them.

written by Tajana Mohnacki

 

Categories: ESN International

Open Call: Administrator ESN AISBL

ESN International news - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 17:04

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is Europe’s biggest student organisation, present in more than 500 Higher Education Institutions in 39 European countries. Our aim is to support and develop student mobility and the internationalisation of higher education, through providing services and opportunities to students.
 
The Headquarters are responsible for managing the Network, developing and implementing new projects and advocating for student mobility and internationalisation of higher education. The Network is led by the International Board of ESN, which is supported by the Secretariat.

The Board of ESN International, based in Brussels, is looking for an Administrator starting as soon as possible. The position is crucial for the work of ESN Headquarter and it requires flexibility and adaptability skills.

Job description

Office Management – 30 % (Report to the Director)

  • Support to general administration (answering phone, door, e-mail ets.);
  • Assist the Director with external services, for example the Moniteur Belge updates;
  • Contact with the post service and other providers;
  • Translation (EN-FR-EN);
  • Assistance to Board Members with administration, travel arrangements, documentation, and data gathering;
  • Supervision of the office maintenance and supplies. 

Orders management – 30 % (Report to the Treasurer) 

  • Assist the treasurer in the distribution of ESNcard and other promotional material to ESN members;
  • Manage the webshop and provide ESN gadgets to ESN members;
  • Regular planning of gadgets ordering sessions with ESN staff and management of International shipments.

Network Administrative Management – 25 % (Report to the Vice-President)

  • Extensive use of internal database to keep track of ESN members; 
  • Keep update information on ESN members and participate in the improvement of IT tools for members;
  • Reply to membership enquiries and implement smooth internal communication with ESN members;
  • Follow payments of membership fees and payments deadlines closely according to ESN Statutes.

Other tasks – 15 % (Report to the Director and the Project coordinators)

  • Assistance with the other organisational needs, for example statutory events, project conferences and internal receptions.
Profile

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor degree
  • You have working experience of at least three years
  • You are fluent in French (mother tongue level or equivalent) and have a very good command of English
  • Experience in logistics, planning and follow-up

Professional and technical competencies:

  • You have a very good knowledge of all Office Tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and Google Apps
  • You feel comfortable working with different IT and web management tools

Personal attributes and values:

  • You work in a very precise and organized way
  • You are capable of taking initiative and finding solutions to challenges
  • You can work in a team as well as on your own and learn quickly
  • You feel comfortable in an international and multicultural environment
    • strong interpersonal skills
    • very good organisational and time management skills
    • flexibility 
Highly valued
  • Experience in a European Network
  • Knowledge of ESN projects 
  • Experience of volunteering or work in NGO
Term and conditions
  • Full time position (38 hours/week)
  • One year contract with the opportunity of extension
  • €1.900 brutto monthly salary
  • Transportation partly covered as by Belgian law
  • Health insurance reimbursed

Please send your motivation letter and CV to [email protected]. Please use the subject line “Administrator”

Deadline for the application is Sunday, 9th of October, 23:59 CET, but we encourage you to send it in as soon as possible. 

Interviews will be scheduled and carried out on a rolling basis.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you have any additional questions regarding the position. 

Categories: ESN International

Open Call: EVS Projects and Events Supporter

ESN International news - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 17:35

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest network of student associations in Europe, with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in over 500 Higher Education Institutions in 39 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989.

The international headquarters in Brussels is looking for an EVS* Projects and Events Supporter, starting in January 2017 and staying for 6 months. That person will work on supporting ESN’s various projects, both internal (e.g. Mov’in Europe, SocialErasmus and ExchangeAbility) and external, as well as supporting the work of the international event coordinators. For more information about ESN’s projects, see esn.org/projects.

An overview of the tasks can be found below but are also flexible to fit the skills, expertise and needs of the chosen applicant in order for them to learn and make the most out of the experience. In ESN, we aim to foster an innovative environment and welcome creativity and new initiatives coming from the volunteer.

Terms and conditions
  • EVS volunteer contract for a duration of 6 months;
  • The successful applicant should start in early January 2017;
  • 17 - 30 years old;
  • Accommodation provided;
  • Transport costs in Brussels are covered;
  • Insurance is covered;
  • Transport to and from Brussels in the beginning/end of the stay is covered;
  • A monthly allowance is provided, according to the respective EVS allocation;
  • Language classes and training opportunities during working hours.
Desired skills and experience
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English;
  • Familiarity and experience with the internal projects of ESN;
  • Experience in a volunteer-led organisation;
  • Structured and reliable way of working;
  • Able to take own initiative;
  • Familiarity and past attendance/organisation of international ESN events is a plus.
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Support ESN's international projects, including planning, logistics, communication and documentation, especially regarding their events;
  • Support ESN's international events, especially with regards to helping update the supporting documents and approaches towards event organisers and chairing teams;
  • Support the ESN Board and Secretariat with other tasks that might arise.

*European Voluntary Service
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an EU-funded programme in which volunteers from one country can go and volunteer in another. Please note that the selected EVS volunteer will have to have support of an accredited “sending organisation” and that ESN strongly recommends applicants to start searching for this already at the stage of application. Also note that this position is conditional on the EVS funding being awarded to ESN; ESN will do its best to ensure this, but unfortunately ESN cannot guarantee the position at this point.

In order to apply, please send a CV and motivation letter to [email protected] no later than 28th September, 23:59 CET. The subject of the email should be “EVS” followed by your first and last names. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and will be held at the latest on the 29th of September. We apologise for the very short notice.
 
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] and [email protected].

Categories: ESN International

ESN at EAIE Liverpool 2016!

ESN International news - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 17:36

As is tradition, the Erasmus Student Network will be present at this year's Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Liverpool from 13th to 16th September.

With 7 representatives present in Liverpool, ESN will be sharing its expertise and providing the student perspective on Erasmus+, student mobility and the internationalisation of higher education.

In addition, ESN, together with our friends from the European University Foundation, will be present at Booth 801 of the EAIE Exhibition, where we will be giving first-hand demonstrations of the Online Learning Agreement.

Here are our representatives and the sessions they are speaking in:

Safi Sabuni
President

Sessions
What is English-medium instruction like for students?
Erasmus+: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Erasmus+ Barometer 2014-2015 Results

 

 

 

Matthew Clemo
Vice-President

Sessions
#Languages4life: Boosting the Erasmus+ Experience with the Online Linguistic Support

 

 

 

 

Gaffar Rampage
Communication Manager

Sessions
Erasmus Goes Digital: The Online Learning Agreement & Erasmus Without Paper
SocialErasmus: Providing a Holistic Mobile Student Experience Through Volunteering

 

 

 

Thomas Pappas
Web Project Administrator

Sessions
Ignite! Mobility-Disability: A Bilateral Relationship
Tackling Obstacles to International Mobility for Students with Disabilities
Accessibility, MappED!: Increasing Mobility Among Disabled Students

 

 

Jérémy Apert
Project Coordinator

Sessions
HousErasmus+: Driving Affordable Housing for International Students

 

 

 

 

Mikuláš Josek
Project Coordinator

Sessions
How International-Friendly is your University? The Exchange Student Perspective

 

 

 

 

Adriana Pérez
Researcher

Sessions
How International-Friendly is your University? The Exchange Student Perspective

 

 

 

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Founded in 1989, the European Association for International Education (EAIE) is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition is Europe's premier meeting point for international higher education professionals, attracting upwards of 5,000 participants each year. This year's edition takes place in Liverpool, UK.

Find out more at EAIE.org.

Categories: ESN International

ESN at EAIE Liverpool 2016!

ESN International news - Wed, 07/09/2016 - 17:36

As is tradition, the Erasmus Student Network will be present at this year's Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Liverpool from 13th to 16th September.

With 7 representatives present in Liverpool, ESN will be sharing its expertise and providing the student perspective on Erasmus+, student mobility and the internationalisation of higher education.

In addition, ESN, together with our friends from the European University Foundation, will be present at Booth 801 of the EAIE Exhibition, where we will be giving first-hand demonstrations of the Online Learning Agreement.

Here are our representatives and the sessions they are speaking in:

Safi Sabuni
President

Sessions
What is English-medium instruction like for students?
Erasmus+: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Erasmus+ Barometer 2014-2015 Results

 

 

 

Matthew Clemo
Vice-President

Sessions
#Languages4life: Boosting the Erasmus+ Experience with the Online Linguistic Support

 

 

 

 

Gaffar Rampage
Communication Manager

Sessions
Erasmus Goes Digital: The Online Learning Agreement & Erasmus Without Paper
SocialErasmus: Providing a Holistic Mobile Student Experience Through Volunteering

 

 

 

Thomas Pappas
Web Project Administrator

Sessions
Ignite! Mobility-Disability: A Bilateral Relationship
Tackling Obstacles to International Mobility for Students with Disabilities
Accessibility, MappED!: Increasing Mobility Among Disabled Students

 

 

Jérémy Apert
Project Coordinator

Sessions
HousErasmus+: Driving Affordable Housing for International Students

 

 

 

 

Mikuláš Josek
Project Coordinator

Sessions
How International-Friendly is your University? The Exchange Student Perspective

 

 

 

 

Adriana Pérez
Researcher

Sessions
How International-Friendly is your University? The Exchange Student Perspective

 

 

 

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Founded in 1989, the European Association for International Education (EAIE) is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition is Europe's premier meeting point for international higher education professionals, attracting upwards of 5,000 participants each year. This year's edition takes place in Liverpool, UK.

Find out more at EAIE.org.

Categories: ESN International

Open Call: Digital Marketing Intern

ESN International news - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 11:54

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest network of student associations in Europe, with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in over 500 Higher Education Institutions in 39 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989. As part of its fundraising strategy, ESN partners up with a range of international companies to offer advantages to our members.

The international headquarters in Brussels is looking for a Digital Marketing Intern starting ideally on the 1st of October. That person will support the Partnership Manager with the purpose of facilitating his tasks in the area of marketing and, at the same time, learn about the latest digital marketing trends in the market and the business perspective of NGOs.

Terms and conditions
  • Internship for a duration of 6 months;
  • The successful applicant should start ideally on the 1st of October (to be discussed at the interview);
  • Must have an Erasmus Placement or any Internship Agreement;
  • Accommodation at the ESN house in Brussels is provided;
  • Transport costs in Brussels are covered.
Profile
  • Balanced creative and analytical mindset;
  • Data-driven marketer;
  • Likes to work in teams and feels comfortable in a multicultural environment;
  • Both B2C and B2B oriented;
  • Passionate about marketing, social media and advertising;
  • Willingness to learn.
Requirements
  • Bachelor degree in Business Management, Marketing, Communication, PR or related;
  • Comfortable in both written and spoken English;
  • Proficient user of the Office package, especially Excel or any other spreadsheet.
Main tasks
  • Research, planning and execution of marketing campaigns and communication plans for commercial partners;
  • Content creation and edition on social media and newsletter campaigns with commercial content;
  • Assistance in the optimization of the traffic on ESNcard.org via SEO (Search Engine Optimization), link building, SEM (Search Engine Marketing), SMM (Social Media Marketing) and remarketing processes, as our main commercial tool;
  • Assistance in the tracking, evaluation, analysis and reporting of marketing actions and the general performance of ESN’s communication channels;
  • Pro-active role on the engagement strategy of our social media channels;
  • Provide support to the Partnership Manager, Project Teams and the rest of the ESN Office when needed.
Why internship at the ESN Headquarters
  • Casual, friendly, multicultural environment;
  • Professional business approach of NGOs;
  • Work using latest tools and following the latest trends on digital marketing;
  • Additional training opportunities in marketing and other fields of interest.

To apply, you are encouraged to use the erasmusintern.org website. Alternatively, please send a short motivation letter and CV to [email protected] by the 8th of September 2016 at 23:59 CET. Interviews, either in Brussels or via Skype will be conducted with the shortlisted applicants.


For questions regarding the position, please do not hesitate to contact ESN’s Partnership Manager Hugo at [email protected] (for content-related questions) or Director Rasmus at [email protected] (for technical/administrative questions).

Attachment Files:  20160830 Open Call - Digital Marketing Intern.pdf
Categories: ESN International

Open Call: Graphic Designer

ESN International news - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 11:54

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest network of student associations in Europe, with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in over 500 Higher Education Institutions in 39 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989.

The international headquarters in Brussels is looking for a Graphic Designer, starting ideally in September 2016. The employee will work in cooperation with the Communication Manager of ESN to support the organisation’s visual communication needs, primarily in web design and publications design. He/she will also be involved in a number of ESN’s projects, many of which are done in close collaboration with project partners from other countries.

Terms and conditions
  • Full-time position;
  • One-year contract from September 2016 to August 2017;
  • Salary €2100 per month gross;
  • Transport costs in Brussels are partly covered according to Belgian legislation;
  • Casual, friendly and international work environment.
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Coordination and design of ESN’s range of publications;
  • Conceptualising, proposing and designing of ESN web pages;
  • General communication and project support for ESN International.
Required skills and expertise
  • Background in communication, graphic design or similar fields;
  • Demonstrable design skills with a strong portfolio;
  • Advanced proficiency in Adobe Suite tools (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign);
  • Experience with UI, UX and web design;
  • Knowledge of project management and coordination;
  • Very good knowledge of written English;
  • Flexibility with working hours;
  • Quick learner with a structured way of working;
  • Able to work in a team but also to take own initiatives and work independently;
  • Able to prioritise and handle several concurrent projects.
Highly valued
  • Experience in a European network;
  • Experience in front-end web development (HTML/CSS/JS);
  • Previous experience and knowledge of the European dimension of higher education;
  • Knowledge of ESN and its projects.

To apply, please send a motivation letter, CV and a portfolio of relevant work to [email protected] by 18th September 2016, 23:59 CET. Interviews, either at our office in Brussels or via Skype, will be conducted as soon as we find potential applicants.  Please use the subject line “Graphic Designer”.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding the position. For more information on ESN’s projects, see http://esn.org/projects.

Attachment Files:  20160830 Open Call - Graphic Designer.pdf
Categories: ESN International

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