Work programme of the Bologna Follow-Up Group 2007-2009

Eurostudent III Final Conference

Other relevant event Ljubljana, Slovenia 28/04/2008 - 29/04/2008

Who are the students in the European Higher Education Area and how do they organise their studies? Understanding the social dimension of higher education.

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About the conference

The social dimension of higher education is becoming a focal point of policy debates and a touchstone for the assessment  of  the  effectiveness  of  different  education systems. In this context the 2007 London Communiqué from the Ministers Responsible for Higher Education in Bologna signatory states expressed the following objective for the European Higher Education Area: 

We  share  the  societal  aspiration  that  the  student body entering, participating in and completing higher education at all levels should reflect the diversity of our populations.

From this statement it is clear that studies should focus on issues  of  access  to  higher  education,  individual  study framework conditions and outcomes. It is appropriate to centre  debates,  analyses  and  studies  on  international comparisons under the assumption that many countries have to deal with the same challenges and policy-makers can learn from the exchange of ideas. A central prerequisite for  such  debates  is  the  availability  of  appropriate, comparable data.

At  this  conference  the  EUROSTUDENT  Synopsis  of Indicators will be released and some of the key results discussed with an international audience of experts. The Synopsis  of  Indicators  compares  aspects  of  the  social dimension, including social make-up of the student body, accommodation,  income  and  support,  time  budget  and mobility in over 20 European countries. The basis of this report is national surveys of students of higher education carried out in each of the contributing countries using the EUROSTUDENT core set of questions and data conventions.

About the project

The EUROSTUDENT project collates comparable data on the socio-economic  background  and  living  conditions  of students throughout Europe. In the current - third - round of the study, over 20 countries have taken part, which means that the data covers most of larger Europe and very diverse higher education systems - from Finland to Bulgaria and  Turkey  to  Portugal.  The  EUROSTUDENT  data  set includes nearly 250 key indicators. 

The objectives of EUROSTUDENT are: 
To  deliver  comparable  key  data  and  basic information in order to describe and map out the socio-economic  living  conditions  of  students  in Europe.
To  provide  a  structured  and  standardised monitoring  system  with  which  the  effects  of structural measures and changes can be identified for specific student groups.
To describe the current situation and with the aid of international comparison to identify obstacles to  an  inclusive  and  effective  European  Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Published: 28/04/2008 - Last modified: 10/06/2016
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