Students are the most important reason for the existence of higher education institutions.
Since 1982 ESU, the European Student Union (and its predecessor organisations) have been fighting for students’ rights around Europe. This includes the foundation and installation of student representative organisations in their respective countries.
The importance of student representation within higher education governance is being recognised both in higher education and society. in 2001 at their Bologna Ministerial Conference, member countries of the EHEA (European Higher Education Area) agreed the importance of student representatives in higher education and included them in awareness raising as consultative members. But over 20 years later, not all EHEA countries have students’ unions at a national level.