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World in handESU has launched its official Plan of Work (POW) for 2009, outlining a comrpehensive series of priorities to steer the organisation over the next 12 months. The 2009 POW is all about working ‘For a Stronger Student Movement’ and focuses on four main external priorities and a chapter on internal development.

The four key external strands and the main elements of each are as follows:

1. Defending students’ rights through the development of the student movement

This strand will kick off in February 2009 when ESU hosts the 17th European Students’ Convention in Prague, with a focus on the global student movement. Other work on this theme will focus around planning for ESU’s sustainable development in the years to come, and on strengthening the student movement as a whole through a range of measures such as training sessions, facilitating cooperation between NUSes, promoting student rights in the context of academic freedom whilst fighting against academic malpractice, uniting the student movement by linking with other organisations and seeking new cooperation opportunities at the international level.

2. Democratisation of higher education by fostering the social dimension and equity

There is still a huge lack of progress in terms of achieving equity in higher education, and that the social dimension needs to be a core part of the Bologna Process after 2010 if the democratisation of HE is ever to become a reality. ESU will be campaigning at the European level for clear benchmarks to increase equity, and will equally empower NUSes to do the same at the national level. Mobility will be anoher key cornerstone of our work, and ESU will be calling for the development of a strategy and the implementation of concrete financial measures in order to diversify the mobile student population and create greater geographical balance across all 46 countries in the EHEA. Specific activities will be ESC 18 in Stockholm on the social dimension, and specifically on strategies for widening participation, organising three regional training events on equity in HE, and creating a range of dedicated paper and online resources to support the equity campaign.

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