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Webinar: The Role of Ombuds in Increasing Student Input into Higher Education Governance. What’s behind and/or beyond it?

28/11/2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+2

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.


Student representation is also fundamental to shape Higher Education and to balance power within this system. During the 2020 Ministerial Conference in Rome the ministers endorsed the promotion of Ombuds offices within higher education institutions for safeguarding students’ rights.


Thus, in this ENOHE webinar, we intend to discuss students’ participation in higher education institutions regarding their representation and their wellbeing, as well as the role of Ombuds.

  • What is the influence of students and their representatives on higher education governance?
  • What are the power balances between students and higher education institutions?
  • Are the students satisfied with their level of participation?
  • How might Ombuds promote students’ participation in higher education institution governance?
  • What kind of cooperation would be fruitful?


Our speakers:
iris Kimizoglu, European Student Union, Brussels, Belgium
Raúl Moreno, Project Manager of Erasmus+ Student Participation Without Borders (STUPS) Project, Universidad de Huelva, Spain
Gizem Güray, Atinbas University, istanbul, Turkey
Jorge A. Ribeiro Pereira, Universidade da Beira interior, Covilhã, Portugal


Jean Grier, ENOHE Vice President


Michaela Antonin Malanikova, ENOHE Board Member


Read booklet about speakers, chair and and moderator etc.


Participation for ENOHE members and official student organisation representatives is free.
Participation for non-members costs € 50.

Sign up here:
As ENOHE member (if you have already paid your membership fee for 2022) or student organisation representative you just fill out the registration form.

As non-member, first you transfer € 50 by PayPal.
(Please also add your full name and email address to the PayPal transfer.)
Then you fill out the registration form.

Zoom link will be sent out at to participants least one week before the webinar.


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+2