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ESN reaches 500 Sections!

Mon, 07/12/2015 - 15:12

On the morning of Sunday 6th December 2015, ESN Poland found itself at a momentous point of time in the history of the Erasmus Student Network, when its member sections approved the candidacies of 4 new sections in the association during the National Platform in Mikołajki.

497: ESN Gdynia Maritime University
498: ESN Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz
499: ESN Opole University of Technology
500: ESN Częstochowa University of Technology

From our beginnings with the first section in 1989, ESN has now reached 500 sections, a major milestone for the largest student organisation in Europe!

That same day, ESN Lithuania approved the candidacies of the following 2 new sections during the National Platform in Vilnius, bringing the current tally up to 502.

501: ESN Lithuanian Sports University
502: ESN Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are releasing a brand new interactive map of ESN sections all around Europe. Click the image below to check it out!

A big thank you to all our volunteers across the network for making this happen!

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Section in the Spotlight: ESN UOPA

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 15:38

Winter is coming! From Norway to Spain, everyone is already wearing their coats! Nevertheless, the sun is still shining in Greece and it shines brightly on the Section in the Spotlight of December: ESN UOPA!

Dreams do in fact come true. You do not believe us? In June 2013, eight dreamers, some of them having tried the Erasmus experience, others with a passion for mobility and multicultural activities, decided to create ESN UOPA. They were determined to form part of the Network, working hard in order to become a full member section of ESN, which happened just a few months after the first members of ESN UOPA had joined forces! Nowadays, the section has 21 active members being lead by a board of six. All of them united, motivated and willing to help their incoming international students.

“Our thought and idea, is that working as an ESNer has to be fun and to enjoy ourselves through our work, so we are considering our section as a family, the Bee-family!”

One of the most important values of this section is their friendship, not only between their section members but also within their Erasmus students. Once you are in and with ESN UOPA, they do their best to make you feel like a part of their family. During their Introduction Day, this section makes sure to spend a fair amount of time in Ice-Breaking Games, where they get to know the Erasmus students as well as each other and all the members of the section.

Another example of this ESN UOPA’s willingness to bring people together and to share and care is their idea of creating a Local Platform. This event was born in order to motivate all their members to go further and reach higher, both on a national and an international level. They enjoy sharing experiences, providing information about the network and of course, having workshops and team-building sessions.

In ESN UOPA, everyone is constantly learning from each other. Erasmus students get to know a lot about the Greek culture and they have the possibility to actually live it. This section organises Greek traditional dinners, history lessons, dances, and visits to different museums and historical places in Patras and surroundings areas. ESN UOPA wants to make the international students feel like not only part of Greece, but of their own family as well.

“What makes our section unique is the fact that we actually DO care for our Erasmus students! We are there for them as their friends, their family, their brothers/sisters!”

In true Christmas spirit, this section reminds us of one of the most important values that we should not forget: to care for each other. Furthermore, they have also shown us that everything starts with an idea but it is up to you to make it happen. ESN UOPA might be a small section but by working together, it has achieved and will keep achieving big goals!

by Alejandra Dubeibe

Categories: ESN International

ESN Celebrates 10 Years in Brussels

Mon, 30/11/2015 - 18:16

Unity makes the force, they say, but unity without a face does little - and ESN has proven this true. This year marks the 10th anniversary of ESN’s arrival in Brussels, which happened during the autumn of 2005. ESN's move to the capital of Europe was a major milestone in the development of the network, from a purely bottom-up student agglomeration of local chapters to a more structured organisation, providing more and better services to sections and exchange students from all over Europe.

A constant presence in Brussels made it possible for ESN to be recognised and quickly become one of the main players in the field of student mobility at the European level, able to influence decision-makers on the development of European learning mobility programmes and a necessary interlocutor of the European Commission and other institutions in the field of higher education and student mobility.


Conference on the 20th Anniversary of the Erasmus programme.

It wasn’t long  until the first results came, to showcase the presence of ESN in Brussels and its meaning for a higher success in the organisation’s mission. In 2007, ESN celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Erasmus programme with a series of important events, including a conference on the future of Erasmus attended by a former European Commission Vice-President, Margot Walström,  former Commissioner Jan Figel, National Representatives and a group of dedicated ESN members. Some very vivid memories were made that day when all together they blew out 20 candles on the Erasmus birthday cake.

The celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Erasmus then progressed, featuring more than 300 “Erasmus Days” all over Europe. It included an online platform for sharing stories and testimonals of Erasmus alumni, and most importantly a tour of the 'Erasmus Van' that travelled for 25,000 km, visiting 40 European countries and connecting more than 100 Erasmus a day, tens of thousands of ESN volunteers, Erasmus students from hundreds of universities. Today, one can still read about these iconic celebrations on the European Commission website.


Moving into the first ESN House at Avenue du Onze Novembre 13.

What is important to point out is that none of the successes that ESN achieved over the past years would be possible without the incorporation of ESN as a legal person, and the grounding in Brussels. Not only does an office provide coordination, vision and steering force, but it also enables the recognition and identification of volunteers, sections and national boards in the organisation.

It is not by accident that over these years ESN provided itself, for the first time, with a common visual identity, a new logo and visual elements that made the organisation stand out not only visually, but as an example of modern and dynamic organisational management.

Other important projects, successfully launched in 2005-2007, that would have not been possible without a central office were the ESNsurvey and the ESNcard – both now a well-established reality but over those years a novelty. Furthermore, after a long application process in 2007, ESN gained the status of Candidate Member of the European Youth Forum. Finally, ESN received an accreditation at the Council of Europe European Youth Foundation.

Being registered led to accessing the opportunities of acting as one organisation, while being allowed to receive the necessary funding to this end, by means of grants, donations and sponsoring – all impossible without a bank account and legal accountability.


First occupants of the current ESN Office on Rue Hydraulique 15.

ESN experienced a great deal of resistance, fear and scepticism to change. Yet, results were to arrive quickly, and adamantly. We worked hard for that, and we do not regret doing so. We all should be extremely proud of what ESN became and achieved. Tremendous work in an office in Brussels created the conditions for the current astounding list of achievements attained by the Erasmus Student Network that last year celebrated its 25th anniversary. May our beloved network, with its power and unity, reach many more anniversaries!

Curious about who the members of the ESN International Secretariat are? Find out here!

Written by Davide Capecchi, President ESN AISBL 2005-2007
Edited by Karolis Kriuka, Communication Committee 2015-2016

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Would you rather wait for the future, or build it?

Fri, 06/11/2015 - 17:10

World leader in the industry of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, PRYSMIAN GROUP is a truly global company with subsidiaries in 50 countries, 89 plants, 17 research & development centers and about 19,000 employees. PRYSMIAN GROUP is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and provides the widest range of products, services, technologies and know-how.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ONE OF US?

Build the Future” is our exciting international graduate program. You’ll work side-by-side with mentors and highly specialized teams, learning the skills you need to succeed and make a valuable contribution, right from the start. And when you've got to grips with the local market, we’ll send you overseas on an international assignment. Be a little brilliant, from day one.

  • Permanent contract with competitive salary
  • Induction Training in our HQ delivered in partnership with a Top school of Management
  • Job rotation in R&D, Operations and Sales
  • International assignments within a multicultural Environment
  • Mentorship program

SO WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We're searching for senior students and graduates keen to pursue a business management career.

Applications for the 2016 Graduate Program are Open! It will be possible to apply until the end of December.

To apply for the program, you'll need:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Business Administration - or be currently working towards one.
  • To have had an outstanding university career, ideally with experience abroad.
  • Speak fluent English, yet have an international mind-set.
  • To demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills.

If you think you've got what it takes to succeed in this highly-challenging, yet rewarding environment, fill in the application form on our website and start using all your energy and knowledge to help shape the future of the world.

WHERE WILL YOUR BRILLIANCE TAKE YOU?

Have a look at some of the possibilities that await you:

  • Australia - Product MKT Sales
  • Brazil - Front Sales Renewable
  • France - Planning & Scheduling
  • Germany - Project Management Sales
  • Italy HQ - R&D Engineer
  • Netherlands - Process Engineer
  • Singapore - Front Sales Oil&Gas
  • Spain - Logistics Managers
  • UK - Project Management - Submarine Cables
  • USA - R&D Cable Design

Read more and APPLY NOW: http://careers.prysmiangroup.com

More information: The Prysmian Group Graduate Program
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Open Call: Web Developer

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 19:19

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student network in Europe with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in nearly 500 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989 and conducts transnational surveys and research projects focused on mobility and the internationalisation of higher education and student accommodation.

ESN is looking for a Web Developer to join the Secretariat in Brussels.

Terms and conditions
  • Full-time position
  • Six month contract from December 2015 / January 2016 (with potential renewal)
  • Transport costs and health insurance in Brussels covered
  • Casual, friendly work environment
Required skills and experience
  • Background in computer science, engineering or related fields
  • Experience with Drupal and module development
  • Knowledge of PHP, HTML(5), CSS(3), JavaScript/jQuery
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Developing a Drupal-based online platform
  • Writing project documentation
  • Assisting the Web Projects Administrator office with IT-related tasks
For a more details, please refer to the PDF attached. To apply, please send your motivation letter and CV to applications@esn.org by Thursday 19th November 2015 23:59 CET. Please use the subject line "Web Developer". Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.   Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding the position.   Published by Erasmus Student Network AISBL
3rd November 2015
Attachment Files:  201511 Open Call - Web Developer (Drupal).pdf
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Open Call: Partnership Manager

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 19:12

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student network in Europe with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in nearly 500 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989 and conducts transnational surveys and research projects focused on mobility and the internationalisation of higher education and student accommodation.

ESN is looking for a Partnership Manager to join the Secretariat in Brussels.

Terms and conditions
  • Full-time position
  • One year contract from January 2016 (with potential renewal)
  • Transport costs and health insurance in Brussels covered
  • Casual, friendly work environment
Required skills and experience
  • Documented experience in Sales, Marketing or related fields
  • Minimum of Bachelors Degree in Business, Marketing or related fields
  • Experience working with an international network and/or clients
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Management of current and new commercial partners
  • Development and implementation of fundraising strategies and action plans
  • Administration of communication tools and promotional campaigns
For a more details, please refer to the PDF attached. To apply, please send your motivation letter and CV to applications@esn.org by Thursday 19th November 2015 23:59 CET. Please use the subject line "Partnership Manager". Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.   Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding the position.   Published by Erasmus Student Network AISBL
3rd November 2015
Attachment Files:  201511 Open Call - Partnership Manager.pdf
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Open Call: Director

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 19:06

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student network in Europe with its international headquarters in Brussels. ESN is present in nearly 500 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries. ESN has been supporting student mobility since 1989 and conducts transnational surveys and research projects focused on mobility and the internationalisation of higher education and student accommodation.

ESN is looking for a Director to lead the Secretariat in support of the International Board.

Terms and conditions
  • Full-time position
  • Two year contract from December 2015 / January 2016 (with potential renewal)
  • Transport costs and health insurance in Brussels covered
  • Casual, friendly work environment
Required skills and experience
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in related positions
  • Masters Degree in Management or related fields
  • Knowledge and experience in team management
  • Proficiency in both English and French
  • Interest in high-level non-profit and NGO work
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Human Resource Management
  • Grant Management - overseeing various European and national grants
  • Administration - legal and office
  • Support of the International Board
  • External Representation
For a more details, please refer to the PDF attached. To apply, please send your motivation letter and CV to applications@esn.org by Thursday 19th November 2015 23:59 CET. Please use the subject line "Director". Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.   Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding the position.   Published by Erasmus Student Network AISBL
3rd November 2015
Attachment Files:  201511 Open Call - Director.pdf
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Section in the Spotlight: ESN Politecnico Milano

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 12:36

You might have heard that EXPO 2015 is over, but this month Milan is getting even more attention with a Section in the Spotlight for November. Mamma mia, it’s ESN Politecnico Milano!

Founded in 1992, ESN Politecnico Milano is one of the oldest and biggest sections of ESN Italy, with more than 1600 international students and 50 active members. A section of this dimension requires the active participation of all members, and a variety of activities for the incoming students. They succeeded in doing this by dividing their members into different working groups led by a coordinator and a reference board member.

The section is creative and innovative when it comes to organising events. Two of the most original activities the section promotes are “How to Cook”, a course on preparing Italian food supervised by a chef in a professional kitchen, as well as “24x1h”, a 24-hour sport event combined with enjoying music and a barbecue. ESN Politecnico Milano is also proud of their flagship event known as “Crazy Countdown”, an event to celebrate New Year’s Eve. With over 2500 international students in attendance, the celebration consists of a city tour, a dinner and a party. This year the section is preparing the 7th edition of this successful event.

ESN Politecnico Milano shows how a big section can go even bigger with original ideas. Not only do they make sure that the large amount of exchange students in the city enjoys their exchange, but the section also welcomes others to Milan with open arms. Congratulations to ESN Politecnico Milano!

by Alejandra Dubeibe

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