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ESU has always been strongly advocating more focus on the socialdimension in higher education policy. Päll:”ESU would like to seethat words and promises from governments are translated intoconcrete measures, such as sufficient budgetaryallocations.” The report, which was released on 16 September,now confirms that improved European wide monitoring and guidance isneeded in order to have a clear policies for widening access finetuned.
The report highlights the great differences in Europeancountries in delivering effective student support schemes. Päll:”Many countries are providing insufficient grants and loans,limiting support to a minority of students or basing their supportpackage only on academic achievements.” Therefore ESUadvocates that funding reforms in the future should especiallyemphasise the social dimension and improve student support schemesfor all students.
Päll concluded: “We fear that the current cost-sharing trendwhere students are asked to contribute more with each year andwhere student debt is reaching new records every day is deterringaccess to education for students with socially or economicallydisadvantaged backgrounds.” ESU strongly believes that inorder for to realise the vision of Europe 2020 of a smart,sustainable and inclusive growth, joint efforts on all levels areneeded.”