EUROSTUDENT is a network of researchers as well as data collectors, representatives of national ministries and other stakeholders who have joined forces to examine the social and economic conditions of student life in higher education systems in Europe.
The beginning of EUROSTUDENT goes back to the 1990s. In 2012, the fth round of EUROSTUDENT project started with an increased number of 27 participating countries (shown as Contributors in the map) from a broad geographical spectrum. The participants reach from Finland in the north all the way to Italy in the south and from Portugal in the west to Armenia in the east. This means that EUROSTUDENT data covers most of larger Europe.
The work of EUROSTUDENT is based on the conviction that cross-country comparisons facilitate learning about strengths and weaknesses or simply idiosyncrasies of national higher education systems and – thereby – help countries to see their own higher education system in a new light.
The project therefore strives:
- To assist in capacity building in order to establishpolicy-relevant and robust national monitoring structures for the social dimension of higher education.
- To provide a broad policy-relevant crosscountry comparison of data on the social dimension of European higher education.
- To support countries in their eorts to use the insights from the international comparison to review and improve the social dimension of higher education in their country.
The main aim of the EUROSTUDENT project is to collate comparable data on the social dimension of European higher education. It focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students, but it also investigates temporary international mobility. The project strives to provide reliable and insightful cross-country comparisons. It does this through coupling a central coordination approach with a strong network of national partners in each participating country. In this way, an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the respective national frameworks in international comparison can be made. The main users of our findings are higher education policy-makers at national and European level, researchers in this field, managers of higher education institutions and - of course - students all over Europe. he reporting structure of EUROSTUDENT consists of a comparative report and a more detailed, searchable database, which enables users to download data and a full National Profile for each country The national and comparative data have also been used for many associated reports. The fourth round of EUROSTUDENT began in November 2008 and was completed in October 2011. 25 European countries actively contributed to this round of the project.
RAU is one of the universities in Armenia that participate in Eurostudent polls.
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