Erasmus Student Network
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|Erasmus Student Network AISBL|
The logo of ESN
|Motto||"Students helping students"|
|Formation||16 October 1989|
|Location||Rue Hydraulique / Waterkrachtstraat, 15 B-1210 Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode / Sint-Jost-ten-Node Brussels BELGIUM|
|Region served||Europe (36 countries)|
|Official languages||English |
|Main organ||Annual General Meeting (AGM)|
|Affiliations||YFJ (full membership), EUCIS LLL (full membership), EAIE (courtesy member), Council of Europe (participatory status), European Movement International (full membership)|
|Staff||5 International Board members, 1 Director, 2 Employees, 2 Trainees|
|Volunteers||over 420 sections (about 12,000 volunteers)|
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European wide student organisation. Its goal is to support and develop student exchange. It is composed of over 12,000 members from more than 426 local sections in 36 countries in Higher Education Institutions, including universities, polytechnics, and university colleges. ESN is organised on a local, national and international level. The network is in contact with almost 150,000 internationally-minded students.
ESN facilitates the social and personal integration of international students. The local ESN sections offer help, guidance and valuable information to both exchange students and students doing a full degree abroad. ESN represents the needs and views of exchange students on the local, national and international level. ESN provides relevant information about academic exchange programmes and student mobility in general.
 The six principles of ESN
- ESN works in the interest of exchange students.
- ESN works to improve the social and practical integration of exchange students.
- ESN represents the needs and expectations of exchange students on the local, national and international level.
- ESN provides relevant information about academic exchange programmes and ESN resources.
- ESN works with the reintegration of homecoming students.
- ESN contributes to the evaluation of different exchange programmes.
 History of ESN
In 1987 a plan to create an extensive mobility scheme for higher education was approved by the European Community. One part of this was the Erasmus programme - exchange programme for students in order to provide the opportunity to spend part of their studies abroad.
In 1989 the Erasmus Bureau invited 32 former Erasmus Students for an evaluation meeting in Ghent, Belgium. This meeting was a starting point for Erasmus Student Network. The problems that became obvious in the evaluation were the main tasks for the founders of ESN International to work on. Behind all this stood the idea "students helping students", which is remained the most important motto in the work of ESN.
ESN sections were founded in various European universities and with financial support from the EC a meeting for the official founding of ESN International was organized in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 1990 with 49 participants from almost all member states participating in the programme. ESN International became a legal association. Desiree Majoor from Utrecht, Netherlands became the first president in ESN history.
By 1994 ESN had 60 sections in 14 countries and it was growing rapidly. 10 years from then in 2004 the ESN network consisted of 170 sections in and outside Europe, from Scandinavia to Morocco. ESN has been growing with an average rate of around 12 % since then. New technology has tremendously improved collaboration between sections and frequent meetings strengthen the ties between ESN members as well as serve the possibility to change ideas and work together for a better future.
Inside the network the greeting "Pallomeri!" is widely used. What does it mean? Originally it has a funny meaning: the pool filled with small coloured balls in the shopping centres where kids can play. In ESN the meaning is: Pan- European Association Leading Local Organization Making Erasmus Richer Inside. This new meaning was originally presented and invented by Matteo Baggio during AGM IX in Graz, 1998, even if the Erasmus Student Network is currently helping all the exchange students, not only the ones involved in the Erasmus programme.
 ESN's Structure today
ESN is the most important student organisation working in the interest of exchange students in Europe. ESN works on three levels - local, national and international.
 Local level
ESN on local level consists of "sections" who are differently constructed depending on the section. The sections work in direct contact with the exchange students. They organize activities like introduction programmes, get-togethers and cultural events and represent the exchange students and their interests towards academic institutions and local authorities. Together the local sections, or rather representatives from the sections form the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the highest decision making body of ESN. The AGM gathers annually to decide the future of the network.
 National level
On the national level the international students and their interests can be represented towards governments and national authorities. Local sections in the same countries together form a National Platform (NP) who can elect a national board and elects a National Representative (NR) to represent the country on international level.
 International level
The International Board as the executive body of ESN International consists of five Board members (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Communication Manager and Web Project Administrator), who are full time volunteers living and working in Brussels. The International Board is supported by the Secretariat composed of employed staff.
Each country elects a Nataional Representative and together they form the Council of National Representatives (CNR). During the year they represent the interest of the network and build the, after the AGM, highest decision making body.
ESN has five International Committees that each work together with its respective board member in charge. The Committees of ESN are - International Committee of Education (ICE), Network and Events Committee (NEC), Finance Committee (FiCo), Communication Committee (ComCom)and IT Committee (IT).
- Stefan Jahnke / Sweden 2013-2014
- Emanuel Alfranseder / Sweden/Germany 2012-2013
- Tania Berman / France 2011-2012
- Eva Ntovolou / Greece 2010-2011
- Marketa Tokova / Czech Republic 2009-2010
- Matthias Fenner / Switzerland 2008-2009
- Giorgio Marinoni / Italy 2007-2008
- Davide Capecchi / Italy 2006-2007
- Davide Capecchi / Italy 2005-2006
- Pascal Gemperli / Switzerland 2004-2005
- Zsofia Honfi / Hungary 2004
- Calle Johnzen / Sweden 2003-2004
- Hanna-Maija Saarinen / Finland 2002-2003
- Stefanie Kothmiller / Austria 2001-2002
- Mikko Arvas / Finland 2000-2001
- Matej Acceto - Slovenia 1999-2000
- Elke Resch - Austria 1998-1999
- Dimitris Parthenis - Greece 1997-1998
- Pavlos Exarchos - Greece 1996-1997
- Jorn Bo Thomsen - Denmark 1995-1996
- Jelle Calsbeek - Netherlands 1994-1995
- Jorge Cerveira Pinto - Portugal 1993-1994
- Anja Wang - Denmark 1992-1993
- Christoffer Loffredo - Italy 1991-1992
- Desiree Majoor - Netherlands 1990-1991
 International Events
 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
- 2014 Milano, Italy (April)
- 2013 Maribor, Slovenia (11 April - 14 April)
- 2012 Granada, Spain (22 March - 25 March)
- 2011 Budapest, Hungary (31 March – 4 April)
- 2010 Istanbul, Turkey (8 April – 11 April)
- 2009 Utrecht, Netherlands (26 March – 29 March)
- 2008 Besançon, France
- 2007 Prague, Czech Republic
- 2006 Krakow, Poland
- 2005 Gdansk, Poland
- 2004 Helsinki, Finland
- 2003 Siena, Italy
- 2002 Lugo, Spain
- 2001 Leiden, Netherlands
- 2000 Portorose, Slovenia
- 1999 Arhus, Denmark
- 1998 Graz, Austria
- 1997 Ghent, Belgium
- 1996 Naples, Italy
- 1995 Porto, Portugal
- 1994 Helsinki, Finland
- 1993 Maastricht, Netherlands
- 1992 Utrecht, Netherlands
- 1991 Brussels, Belgium
- 1990 Copenhagen, Denmark
- 1989 Ghent, Belgium (Erasmus Evaluation Meeting)
 Cultural Medley (CM)
- 2012 Ankara, Turkey
- 2011 Lisbon, Portugal
- 2010 Lisbon, Portugal (22 July – 25 July)
- 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
- 2008 Reggio di Calabria, Italy (21 August – 24 August)
- 2007 Munich, Germany (6 December – 9 December)
- 2006 Madrid, Spain (9 November – 13 November)
- 2005 Winterthur, Switzerland (27 October – 31 October)
- 2004 Budapest, Hungary (16 September – 20 September)
- 2003 Prague, Czech Republic (11 September – 15 September)
- 2002 Milano, Italy (14 November – 18 November)
- 2001 Sao Pedro de Moel, Portugal (17 October – 21 October)
- 2000 Mykonos, Greece (5 October – 9 October)
- 1999 Cephalonia, Greece (28 July – 3 August)
 Regional Platforms
 Central European Platform
The Central European Platform (CEP) consists of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
- 2012 Graz, Austria (15 November - 18 November)
- 2011 Kraków, Poland
- 2010 Bratislava, Slovakia (21 October – 24 October)
- 2009 Brno, Czech Republic (15 October – 18 October)
- 2008 Budapest, Hungary
- 2007 Warsaw, Poland (15 November – 18 November)
- 2006 Vienna, Austria
- 2005 Cikhaj, Czech Republic (4 November – 6 November)
- 2004 Velden am Wo:rther See, Austria (15 October – 17 October)
- 2003 Ghent, Belgium (18 September – 21 September)
 Northern European Platform
The Northern European Platform (NEP) was formerly known as NNM (Nordic Network Meeting). It consists of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden.
- 2012 Tallinn, Estonia
- 2011 Odense, Denmark
- 2010 Turku/Åbo, Finland (28 October – 31 October)
- 2009 Stockholm, Sweden (5 November – 8 November)
- 2008 Tartu, Estonia
- 2007 Trondheim, Norway
- 2006 Helsinki, Finland
- 2005 Stockholm, Sweden (17 November – 20 November)
- 2004 Odense, Denmark (18 November – 21 November)
- 2003 Bergen, Norway ( 2 October – 5 October)
- 2002 Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia (5 December – 8 December)
- 2001 Jyväskylä, Finland (9 November – 11 November)
- 2000 Linköping, Sweden (17 November – 19 November)
- 1999 Kalmar, Sweden (12 November – 14 November)
- 1998 Helsinki, Finland
- 1997 AArhus, Denmark
 Western European Platform
The Western European Platform (WEP) consists of Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
- 2012 Southampton, United Kingdom
- 2011 Liege, Belgium
- 2010 Groningen, Netherlands (18 November – 21 November)
- 2009 Zurich, Switzerland (19 November – 22 November)
- 2008 Düsseldorf, Germany
- 2007 Lausanne, Switzerland
 South European Platform
The South European Platform (SEP) was split into SWEP and SEEP during AGM 2007.
- 2006 Porto, Portugal (19 October – 22 October)
- 2005 Palermo, Italy (6 October – 9 October)
- 2004 Marrakech, Morocco (9 October – 11 October)
- 2003 Canceled (Sevilla, Spain)
- 2002 Pecs, Hungary (8 May – 12 May)
- 2001 Siena, Italy (27 April – 1 May)
 South Western European Platform
The South Western European Platform (SWEP) consists of France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.
- 2012 Madrid, Spain
- 2011 Lisbon, Portugal
- 2010 Padova, Italy
- 2009 Cancelled (Teramo, Italy)
- 2008 Milan, Italy
- 2007 Ifrane, Morocco
 South Eastern European Platform)
The South Eastern European Platform (SEEP) consists of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Cyprus.
- 2012 Athens, Greece
- 2011 Isik, Turkey
- 2010 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
- 2009 Ljubljana, Slovenia (17 December – 20 December)
- 2008 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 2007 Istanbul, Turkey
 Member countries
|Country||Amount of sections||Website|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1|
|Czech Republic||13||ESN Czech Republic|
|Netherlands||14||ESN the Netherlands|
|United Kingdom||16||ESN UK|
- Statutes are both in English and French. Local languages are used by countries and local sections.
- Erasmus Student Network - http://www.esn.org/content/what-esn
- European Commission - http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/erasmus_en.htm