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A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education

A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education
Mira Alexander

Mira Alexander

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mira Alexander is currently enrolled in a two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy, which she will complete at Central European University (Budapest) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona). Prior to her studies in public policy, she obtained a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and has gained professional experiences from internships at the Institut für Europäische Politik (Berlin), Europe Direct Info-Point Hamburg, and the Chancellery of the Senate of the City of Hamburg. Mira’s research interests include EU Governance, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, State Building, and Conflict Resolution.
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Teachers’ protests in Oaxaca, Mexico last month left nine dead and over 100 injured after police forces opened fire on the demonstrators. The teachers were criticizing cuts in the education budget, standardized tests for the purpose of faculty evaluations, and the arrest of two teachers’ union leaders. While the government claims that these measures are […]

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The Lost Generation: Euro-Scepticism among European Youth

The Lost Generation: Euro-Scepticism among European Youth
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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 Author: Karina Oborune Since the outset of the economic and financial crisis in Europe, the level of European identity and solidarity has seemed to lessen. The crisis has caused much political controversy, electoral volatility and civil strife, affecting political parties, voting behaviour and governing institutions. Euroscepticism is no longer just a British disease – the […]

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EU Member States struggle in teaching local language to refugees

EU Member States struggle in teaching local language to refugees
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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Author: Karina Oborune While Greece lacks enough budget to support language learning programmes for refugees, in the Baltic States there is a lack of experience of teaching second-language to asylum seekers with Muslim background. Similarly in Slovenia there is a problem that special textbooks for adults do not exist and textbooks for children are used. […]

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What does research tell us about Erasmus+?

What does research tell us about Erasmus+?
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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Author: Karina Oborune Erasmus+ was launched in 1987 and so far has given opportunity to more than 3 million students, who received a first–hand insight into the social, cultural and political reality of different European societies. For many of them this was a life-changing  experience, giving a true meaning of ‘Europe’ for hundreds of thousands […]

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The Great Gatsby Effect

The Great Gatsby Effect

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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The Unites Stated and South Sudan are the only two nations still refusing to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Author: Sanja Sontor Allow me to paint you a picture of the United States (U.S.). The U.S. is a vital democracy and one of the richest countries in world. The U.S. […]

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Tackling Elitism in Education: What does that mean for France?

Tackling Elitism in Education: What does that mean for France?

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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  One of the most debated aspects of the reform is the fact that Christian history will be taught as an optional module, while Islamic history will remain a compulsory subject. Author: Rowan Anderson School teachers in France have gone on strike this week to protest newly published education reforms proposed by Francois Hollande’s socialist […]

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Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Chile turns its back on neoliberalism with a policy of free higher education

Nicolás Torres Vieira

Nicolás Torres has more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in activities related to labor unions, social and legal empowerment of vulnerable workers, and community development. Nicolás is a lawyer and graduated with high distinction from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and also earned a master in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. While studying at the Law School he worked as a monitor at the Center of Labor Studies Alberto Hurtado, a nonprofit organization dependent on the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, training union and social leaders in labor law, leadership, and communication skills. After graduating from Law School, Nicolás worked as a lawyer in Ernst & Young Chile, rendering consultancy services in labor law, employment taxes, social security and immigration. Before starting his masters’ studies in Hungary, he contributed as a labor law professor at the Institute of Popular Education and Training in Santiago, working with vulnerable workers in order to improve their employment conditions and self-empowerment. During his professional career, Nicolás focused on labor studies, vulnerable workers employment conditions, and the effects of labor unions and collective bargaining on income distribution and poverty.

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Author: Nicolás Torres Vieira Chilean universities will gradually become tuition-free, starting in 2016 with the poorest deciles and so on. And how will this huge reform be funded? The government of president Michelle Bachelet, who has the majority in both chambers of the parliament, passed a tax reform which, once in place, will collect about […]

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