European Student Ambassador Forum

European Student Ambassador Forum

EUSAF in-person meeting 2024 will take place from September 12 to 14 (Thursday – Saturday) at SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).

 

EUSAF is a platform for students from European Universities Alliances (EUAs) to share their views, experiences, and ideas on the current and future state of higher education (HE) in Europe.

 

If you would like to participate in the #EUSAF24 the internal application process within Ulysseus is already open until 15 April 2024, 23:59 (UTC+1).

The EUC Voices Erasmus project context

What is EUSAF?

The EUC Voices Erasmus Project is a grassroots initiative aiming at giving the voices to students from European Universities Alliances. After the success of #ESA22 and # ESA23, the initiative has become an Erasmus + funding projecto with 3 actions to support European citizenship and student engagement:

  • Yearly European Student Assembly (ESA) composed of 250 students from universities part to EUA aiming at drafting recommendations on EU topics. Meets in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in spring.
  • Yearly European Universities Student Ambassadors Forum (EUSAF) composed of one representative from each European University Alliance aiming at discussing higher education topics. Meets in Warsaw in September.
  • EUC VOICES Alumni network composed of students who participated to ESA and EUSAF.

EUSAF is a platform for students from European Universities Alliances (EUAs) to share their views, experiences, and ideas on the current and future state of higher education (HE) in Europe. EUSAF aims to foster student engagement, identity, and a sense of belonging within and across EUAs, as well as to provide input and recommendations to EUAs and other stakeholders.

EUSAF strategy

EUSAF is composed of selected student representatives from each European University Alliance, who are called Ambassadors. The selection process is based on guidelines and criteria that ensure diversity, inclusiveness, and fairness. EUSAF participants (Ambassadors) will meet 3 times per year (each cohort), both online and in person:

  • online meetings of student ambassadors (2 per year before and after the in-person meeting) – organized by SGH Warsaw School of Economics.
  • in-person EUSAF meetings (once a year at SGH: September 2024, September 2025, June/July 2026), in cooperation with Erasmus Student Network (networking = capacity building).

Ulysseus will nominate one (1) Ambassador per year. The procedure for selecting participants for the EUSAF will be determined by each alliance, in accordance with its internal rules, procedures and its governance traditions. Ulysseus will select an additional representative to serve as a backup representative in the case of unforeseen situations. The second representative will be able to participate in the online meetings while only 1 representative will be eligible to participate in the in-person meeting in Warsaw.

SAVE THE DATE! EUSAF in-person meeting 2024 will take place from September 12 to 14 (Thursday – Saturday) in Warsaw (Poland).

#EUSAF24

How does EUSAF work?

Ambassadors will meet to discuss to various topics related to student engagement and the role within the European University Alliances such as:

  • Challenges and opportunities for EUAs in the context of future development of the European Union,
  • Innovative forms, mechanisms, and programs for student participation and empowerment within the EUAs,
  • Best practices and lessons learned from student engagement and capacity-building initiatives in EUAs,
  • Future scenarios and visions for the development higher education in Europe through the European University Alliances and other platforms of cooperation.

Workshops and seminars will also be provided during in-person meetings to strengthen the students’ capacities to play a more prominent role in the process of shaping the future of Alliances. Networking events to be included in the agenda will further enhance the interaction between students and allow for more profound and sustainable exchange of best practices and experiences.

Since the EUSAF is co-financed from the EUC Voices project the cost of accommodation, meals and workshops will be covered for all the participants by the project. The Alliances are requested to cover the costs of their representative’s travel to Warsaw.

Apply here to be one of the Ulysseus ambassador candidates!

Application

Call of the Ulysseus Ambassador

Key dates and criteria

– Call for applications open until 15 April.
– At 19 April each university in the alliance will choose one candidate from among the applicants from each university.
– 26 April, the highest ranked candidate will be nominated as Ulysseus ambassador. The second candidate will be chosen as an alternate.

The selection criteria are established on the basis of the following considerations:

  • Active engagement in activities and initiatives carried out within the home university or at the level of the alliance.
  • Strong motivation and demonstrated interest in European affairs.
  • Affinity for student participation.
  • Willingness to collaborate with other students.
  • Ensuring equal opportunities for under-represented and disadvantaged groups.