European governments urged to increase higher education funding

08:52, May 03, 2011      

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The European Students' Union (ESU) Monday urged all European government to increase their funding for college education as the ESU 60th Board opened its first of a series of meetings and seminars Tallinn with the theme of " Financing the Students' Future."

Some 150 student representatives from 45 student organizations all over Europe and some Asian countries like Azerbaijan, Armenia and Kurdistan, will come together to Tallinn in the following four days to discuss how they can improve the system of European education and financial system.

The ESU international conference will focus on the future financial situation of European students and the potentials of private funding of higher education.

ESU Chairperson Bert Vandenkendelaere said at the opening ceremony that the reason they came together in Tallinn is because there were student protests last year all over Europe to defend youth's rights of education.

He said that the policies that some European government adopted had restricted students' access to highest education, saying that these governments are transferring education expenses to students to cut their welfare spending.

"Although we would rather turn this tide instantly, we should for now learn how to swim with it and look for possible solutions, " he said.

Source: Xinhua
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