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Twelve years into the Bologna process, European student mobility has not yet become what many have hoped for. It is still reserved to only a handful of students and the lucky few who had the chance to study abroad continue to face recognition and replacement problems after their exchange.
That is why ‘Ride for Your Rights!’, an initiative of exchange programme Campus Europae and the Erasmus Student Network, have launched a Manifesto, calling for the EU institutions, national governments and universities to take action. Our goal? To tear down the existing socio-economic barriers that hinder student mobility and to get more than 20% of all European students become mobile before 2020.
European athletes such as BMX Olympic gold medalist Maris Strombergs, football freestyler Iya Traore and basketball player Mindaugas Kuzminskas have already endorsed the ‘Ride for Your Rights!’ project and its Manifesto. Join them in voicing your support for better and more student mobility and sign the Manifesto here!
‘Ride for your Rights! It's time to (ex)change your life’ is a movement which calls out to every person living on this multicultural and exciting continent. We see it as our fundamental right and necessity, to be active and mobile students of today's world. To promote our cause, we will go on a 4000 km bike ride from the Balkans to Russia to raise awareness of the existing problems for student mobility.
Campus Europae (CE) is an innovative student exchange programme which focuses on enabling the mobility of highly educated, multilingual and engaged European citizens. CE was devised as an exemplary student exchange programme, designed to foster the idea of European citizenship amongst university students by exposing them to Europe’s unity and diversity through a deep understanding of the culture and language of different countries. Please visit www.campuseuropae.org for more information.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest non-profit interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1989 for supporting and developing student exchange. ESN is present in more than 370 Higher Education Institutions from 35 countries. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels, and providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). More information on www.esn. org