Recording of the webinar is available on the EUA YouTube Channel.
The 2019 European elections, which will take place on 23-26 May, are an important milestone for universities and the millions of students enrolled in higher education across the continent. The new European Parliament and the next European Commission will have a major responsibility in shaping the Union during these challenging times. They will also decide on future policies and funding programmes that impact universities.
All voters from the EU member states will have the opportunity to select who will represent them. Among them, about 20 million students are enrolled in higher education institutions across the EU, many of whom will vote for the first time. As part of their civic role, many universities across Europe are actively engaged in information campaigns about the European elections or host debates with local MEPs. A dedicated section on the EUA website gives an overview of some university activities.
On 9 May, the European University Association held a free webinar to discuss the importance of these elections in the issues affecting the higher education and research sector.
Several stakeholders presented various perspectives in advance of the vote , including:
- Thomas Jorgensen, Senior Policy Coordinator, European University Association, on the impact of the European Parliament on European policies and investments related to universities.
- Katrina Koppel, Vice-President, European Students' Union, on their #VoteForEducation campaign and the importance of young voters’ engagement.
- Brikena Xhomaqi, Director, Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP)
It has been followed by a Q&A open to all participants .
EUA is supporting universities and national university associations, providing them with information and representing them as an official partner in the European Parliament’s campaign “This time I'm voting”. This grassroots initiative aims to raise participation across Europe in the elections.