Partner Organisations

Deutsches Studentenwerk (coordinator)

The Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) was established in 1921 as the national federation of the (today) 58 student service organisations (Studentenwerke-STW) in Germany. The STW are in charge of 2 million students enrolled at about 370 higher education institutions in Germany (including art schools). By law, they provide public services for the economic, social, medical and cultural support for all students. Their key activities are student housing, dining services, counseling, financial aid services as well as support of student cultural activities. As partners of the universities and city councils they shape and improve university city life. In order to provide expertise to its members the DSW has established a committee on cultural affairs that also organizes a yearly symposium. The DSW coordinates the exchange of ideas and information between the persons in charge of cultural affairs on local level. Regularly, the DSW carries out student art competitons which are highly recognized.

Studentenwerk Freiburg (P2)

In Germany student welfare is looked after by local student service organizations whilst universities are responsible for teaching and research. The STW Freiburg has approximately 400 employees who are providing services to more than 35,000 students enrolled in higher education institutions in Freiburg and the region. The STW offers a wide range of student support services such as accommodation, food services, counselling and financial aid services. The promotion of student cultural activities is central to the STW Freiburg: it provides rehearsal rooms and technical equipment; and offers workshops or financial support. Furthermore, it regularly carries out a variety of student festivals and other student art works. The STW Freiburg has experienced staff members specialized in cultural affairs who take care of these activities.

Studentenwerk Karlsruhe (P3)

The Studentenwerk Karlsruhe was established as a public-law institution. The institution is responsible for ten Universities. On behalf of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Studentenwerk serves around 40,000 students, covering all aspects of student life. Organized as a public body, we are in charge of financial and social issues, residence and dining facilities. Culture is one of the important field of our department of “Culture. International affairs and Social relations”. This department with 38 employees arrange cultural events, as the Japanese days, Tunisian festival, Theatre week, International film days with Universities, city and the Ministry of Research. We support in our arts center and festival room different student groups in the field of theatre, music, drawing, photography and film. We want to cover with these activities our social and cultural mission in the field of international cultural student life in the city of Karlsruhe, Pforzheim and Calw.

Studierendenwerk Mainz (P4)

The Studierendenwerk Mainz was established as a public-law institution. The institution is responsible for 3 Universities. On behalf of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Studierendenwerk Mainz serves around 40,000 students, covering all aspects of student life. We are in charge of social and financial issues, residence and dining facilities. Culture is one of the important fields of our work. The department Service International Students covers international relations. This department arranges a multitude of cultural events, such as the Intercultural Festival in cooperation with Universities and the city of Mainz. We grant financial support to student culture groups. Our cultural-student-exchange-program with Dijon, France, evolved around photography and theatre as topics in the last two years. We open our festival room to different student groups in the field of theatre, music and dance. These activities are committed to our social and cultural mission.

Centre National des Œvres Universitaires et Scolaires (P5)

The French National Association for Student Affairs (CNOUS) is a public administrative institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education. Its mission is to improve the living conditions of the 2 million students in France. It is an umbrella organisation of the 28 local Student Service organisations (CROUS). One of its key activities of this network is the promotion of student cultural activities: Through the “Culture-ActionS” scheme it provides financial assistant to student project. Each year circa 1,000 projects are supported and national prizes are awarded to the best projects in the fields of culture, artistic student creation, and technical and scientific culture. The network organises national competitions in news, photography, short films, comic strips and dance, and the Musiques de RU talent show. It supports student amateur performances. Since 2009, it is responsible for grant applications of students in schools of art, architecture and performing arts.

Centre Régional des Œvres Universitaires et Scolaires de Strasbourg (P6)

The CROUS Strasbourg is a public administrative institution under the supervision of the Higher Education Ministry. In total it is in charge of 67 000 students in Strasbourg and the greater region. Its objective is to provide all students equal access to higher education and an equal opportunity for success, by lending support to their everyday activities. The CROUS Strasbourg focuses on 7 missions: housing, grants, social, food service, job, international, culture. The promotion of cultural activities (e.g. photo expositions, literature cafés, theatre, music performances) and the support of art production are key activities of the CROUS Strasbourg. By doing so, the CROUS strives to enhance synergies between the universities and the art world. It regularly participates in national student competitions organized by the CNOUS.

Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen (P7)

Artesis Plantijn University College is a brand new university college, originating from Artesis University College and Plantijn University College. AP or Artesis Plantijn University College AP’s 9000 students, 23 vocational educations and 8 art programmes, are clustered into 4 faculties and 2 schools of arts. Even though AP University College is very young, its schools of arts have a long history: the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp was founded in 1898, and the Royal Academy of Fine arts is 350 years old.

Université du Luxembourg (P8)

The University of Luxembourg was founded in 2003 as the first and only university of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. It is a multilingual, international and research focused university. In 2011 5700 students were enrolled at the University; about 53% are foreign students originating from 100 countries. The cultural department called “Espace Cultures” seeks to add a cultural dimension to the main tasks of the University of Luxembourg, namely learning and research. Espace Cultures runs and coordinates a multitude of cultural activities and intercultural events and contributes to life on campus, so as to:
• promote and improve the quality of life at the UL as well as the interaction with the local community;
• broaden horizons amongst UL members (students, doctorates, administration, professors, researchers, …);
• boost cross-cultural dialogue;
• contribute to an exchange of ideas aimed at developing culture in Europe and the concept of European citizenship.

Azienda Regionale per il diritto allo studio universitario Padova (P9)

“Azienda Regionale per il diritto allo studio universitario di Padova” (ESU-PD) is the regional organization for student affairs in Padova responsible for more than 70.000 students enrolled in University of Padova. It is in charge of student canteens and residence halls; it also offers career guidance and psychological counseling to students. ESU-PD is supporting 10 student associations in activities like Erasmus students welcome day, training events, guided city tours, freshmen orientation activities, as well as combined music shows (Veneto Orchestra, Learn the Art and Friends of Music) theatre and sport. ESU-PD created the Intercampus Lab network between the student houses for the realization of cultural activities (socialization, movies, meetings with authors, language courses, dance) and sports. ESU-PD is supporting and hosting a 11 year lasting project for young artists exhibitions inside the ESU premises in cooperation with Padova Municipality and the

Instituto Politéchnico de Viana do Castelo (P10)

The Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute (IPVC) was founded in 1980. It’s a public Higher Education institution and currently has more than 4.500 students and 360 teaching staff. Its organized into 6 Schools, offering 25 undergraduate degree courses, 34 Master courses and 21 specialization courses. The promotion of cultural affairs is a IPVC priority. The institution believes that art and cultural activities play a key role in the overall development of students and their non-academic competences and skills. In 2007 a Cultural Office was established at IPVC; its unique structure is considered a role model in the Portuguese higher education system. This department regularly organises art and cultural exhibitions for students and the general public. The art work is shown in IPVCs own art gallery. Furthermore, the cultural office organises other activities such as art workshops, debates.


European Council for Student Affairs (ECSTA)

The European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA) is an independent and autonomous umbrella organization aiming to promote the social infrastructure at all higher education institutions of Europe. In order to do so, ECStA works for improved cooperation between student services organisations within Europe aiming to increase the understanding of the differences regarding the social infrastructure of higher education. The ECStA is in particular promoting the mobility of students in Europe within the framework of the Bologna process. The vision of the European Council for Student Affairs is a European higher education area with strong student services organisations, providing quality services for the social and economic well-being of all students, respecting diversity and learning from each other. The ECSTA was founded in 1999. Nowadays the network is composed of 20 student service organisations present in 17 European countries and reaching out to about 10 million students.

University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC)

The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture is an international non-profit association, founded in Pécs (Hungary) in December 2006. UNeECC brings together universities and other institutions of higher education located in European Capitals of Culture and encourages them to use this well-known and prestigious European institution to stimulate new forms of creative academic, educational and institutional collaboration.

The European Students’ Union (ESU)

The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 39 countries (December 2012). The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing. Our members are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.
The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.