Financing the Future

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23 januari 2013 | Which EU-country is really looking toward the future? The European students union compared the different systems of financing higher education. On the 29th of January the ESU will present answer to one of the most pressing issues in HE.

As the crisis expands, the topic of financing higher education remains ‘hot’ in the minds of decision makers fixed on cutting down government budgets. Finland’s recent proposal to introduce tuition fees for foreign students is a case in point. In the UK there is a fundamental discussion on the calculations of costs and benefits.

As there is absolutely no unity in European tuition fees, it is interesting to compare the different systems in the EU’s Member States. The European Student Union (ESU) is offering exactly that comparison during a conference on ‘Financing the Students’ Future’ on the 29th of January.

Discussing the challenges of financing 

The project ‘Financing the Students’ Future’ (FINST) is one of ESU’s key projects, focusing on financing and in particular on students’ view on financing of higher education in European countries. For the past two years ESU has been gathering different data, discussing the challenges of financing with students all over Europe and different stakeholders. ESU also produced different articles and future funding scenario’s.

The Final conference will outline the main outcomes of the FINST project. Following the presentations, there will be an information session about the funding of Higher education on European level and a discussion about the future of funding, where ESU will try to find the answer to the question what should be the future funding policies.

FINST final conference (draft programme)

Tuesday, 29th of January 2013, at the office of Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol, Rue de Pascale 45-47, Brussels Belgium

09.00 – 09.45

Registration of the participants

09.45 – 11.00

Presentation of FINST project and results
Short introduction of the FINST project and presentation oftheresearch results: mapping process, hypotheses, futurefundingscenarios

11.00 – 12.00

Higher education funding on European level – where are we atthemoment? Information session with stakeholders on thecurrentdevelopments on funding of Higher education on Europeanlevel,focusing on the MFF and Erasmus for all (YESEurope)negotiations

12.00  – 13.00

Networking lunch

13.00 – 15.00

The future of HE funding – where should we go?
Presentation of student policy recommendations andresponsesfrom key stakeholder organisations on the Europeanlevel andFINST Advisory Board

For the registration, please send an e-mail with the title ‘FINST Final Conference’ to to confirm your participation. 


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