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ESN Finland Newsletter 4/2015 May

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Apart from the AGM Ankara there hasn’t been much happening in ESN Finland, and there’s more information about that later in this newsletter.

The board members of the new board have been attending the board meetings of the current board as part of the knowledge transfer. The new board members will see how the meetings go and how the National Board works internally.

The NB has been in discussion with Eurooppalainen Suomi about the future of the Erasmus in Schools project and we’ll know more about that in the coming weeks. The project will continue, it’s only the funding that will change.

The NB has been discussing about NBM Thessaloniki and CNR Lausanne. Sanna and the new National Section Coordinator Pablo will attend NBM Thessaloniki and Mikko will attend CNR Lausanne.

If you have any questions regarding these topics or other matters, please don’t hesitate to contact the board by sending email to us:

International news

The new international board was elected in the Annual General Meeting Ankara at the end of April. More information down below. Since then the ESN International has officially launched a new partnership with Uniplaces. The European-based startup Uniplaces and the pan-European Erasmus Student Network have teamed up to improve international students’ support services by introducing an innovative solution to overcome one of the biggest barriers to student mobility: accommodation. More information on the website:


One of ESN’s main aims is the integration of international students in their new local environment during their stay abroad. Through the SocialErasmus project, ESN aims at offering different opportunities to international students to make an impact in the city, region or country they are hosted in and to do more with their stay abroad by leaving their mark within the local community.

SocialErasmus Week Spring 2015 was held between the 4th and the 10th of May. Hundreds of SocialErasmus events were organized throughout Europe.

Down below you'll find pictures from ESN Turku sections' SocialErasmus Event, ESN Joensuu ESN Living Socio-Cultural Library, ESN Jyväskylä - Baking for Charity and ESN Lappeenranta's Hiking in Repovesi National Park. The pictures are in that order from the left to right.

More information about SocialErasmus in Finland:
SocialErasmus in Europe:
Find all the SocialErasmus Events:
ExchangeAbility, Brussels - Mei Lan
ExchangeAbility, Tallinn - Sven Kõllamets
ExchangeAbility, Tallinn - Sven Kõllamets


There are now 13 sections in Finland participating in the project. The new ExchangeAbility project coordinator will be chosen as soon as the new Nationa Board starts their term at the beginning of June.

A National ExchangeAbility Coordinator's meeting will be held in mid-June where all the ExchangeAbility coordinators can share best practices and network.

Some of the universities and univerisities of applied sciences are missing from the ExchangeAbility map which aims to list the accessibility of all the universities in Europe in order to lower the obstacles for people with special needs to go on an exchange.

More information: provides an integrated marketplace that aims at bringing together traineeship providers and students seeking a training opportunity abroad. Create your account, apply and start an exciting new chapter in your life! is part the STORY project, which has been funded with support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. This project aims at improving the accessibility and quality of international internships, as well as at increasing the awareness on the existence of such opportunities for youth.

More information:
The Annual General Meeting of ESN has received the official patronage of the European Parliament! Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament has addressed the participants and the entire network in a video message.

ESN event updates

AGM Ankara

Between the 16th and the 20th of April ESN Turkey hosted the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the main decision-making body of ESN International. It took place in the capital of Turkey, Ankara. This was the place where around 700 ESN volunteers gathered in order to discuss important issues regarding the future steps our organization is going to make. Also, it was the perfect opportunity for our volunteers to meet and exchange good practices.

The Annual General Meeting of ESN has received the official patronage of the European Parliament! Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament has addressed the participants and the entire network in a video message.

One of the most important topics was the election of the new board for ESN International for the term 2015-2016. 
The new board is: 

  • Safi Sabuni (ESN Sweden) - President
  • Matthew Clemo (ESN UK) - Vice-President
  • Jovana Stanković (ESN Serbia) - Treasurer
  • Gafar Rampage (ESN the Netherlands) - Communication Manager
  • Thomas Pappas (ESN Greece) - Web Project Administrator

The paricipants of the AGM Ankara after the flag parade

CNR Lausanne

A Council of National Representatives (CNR) Meeting is the meeting of the Board of ESN with the Council of National Representatives. According to the Statutes of ESN AISBL, the CNR scrutinizes and checks the work of the Board, and must be consulted on budgetary, strategic and policy matters. During the year, the CNR acts as a substitute of the AGM.

The CNR Lausanne will be held between the 21st and the 24th of May 2015.

NBM Thessaloniki

The National Boards' Meeting (NBM) is a bi-annual ESN event, where members of different National Boards come together. The focus is on exchanging knowledge and experiences. Therefore, the heart of the meeting is the “Meet your colleagues” session. Traditionally the countries also present themselves in form of a presentation or poster.

The NBM Thessaloniki will be held between the 28th and the 31st of May 2015.

ESAA Kick-off Conference in Brussels

The conference of the new Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA), which will take place in Brussels on 11 and 12 June 2015.

The Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) brings together all European Union funded exchange students and alumni and offers a dynamic platform for networking, professional development and intercultural learning while promoting European Higher Education and worldwide cooperation. ESAA will offer a wide range of possibilities to its members by uniting four existing organisations under one new umbrella:

  • The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)
  • Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • garagErasmus
  • OCEANS Network

To kick off this new initiative, we are inviting a wide range of partners to join us for a networking dinner on 11th June at 7 pm, and for the kick-off conference on 12th June, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Management Centre Europe (MCE) in Brussels.

The aim of the event is to show how the united ESAA can improve the student exchange experience and career prospects of Erasmus+ students. We will exchange views on the impact of Erasmus+ on society and how ESAA can contribute to maximise the benefits that the programme can bring.

Frederica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union and Xavier Prats Monné, Director General of DG Education and Culture have been invited as keynote speakers. Their contribution will be followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion on Erasmus+ and its impact on the labour market. The afternoon will feature workshops on the role that Erasmus+ and ESAA can play in Intercultural Dialogue & Cohesion, Networking and Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe.

There are 40 ESNers attending the conference and the meeting in Brussels. The people have been chosen for the conference from the committees and international board alumni, as well as the current international board.

Section of the Month: ESN Uni Turku

ESN Uni Turku was founded in 2010, but we have had ESN activity in Turku already from 1998. ESN Uni Turku is one of the three sections working in Turku. We co-operate with other Turku sections and organize together many events such as ESN Loose (Tues)day and Amazing City Race. Despite the division to three sections, exchange students from different universities in Turku area are welcome to any event of any section.

Our multicultural section consist of seven board members and around ten active members. We try to organize at least one event every week. Our most popular events are Cottage weekends, Lapland trips and sitz parties. We arrange also trips to Helsinki, Tallinn and Kurjenrahka national park.

Beside other ESN sections in Turku we also co-operate with different student organisations and with the Student Union of the University of Turku. We are always open for new co-operation partners and for example on May we will visit ENS Gdansk and hopefully we find a way to start co-operation with them too.
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