In early January, students of the European consortium EMERGE held their first official Student Forum, with 10 officials participating from 6 universities:

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) – Coordinator of the Student Forum
Europa-Universität Flensburg
University of Limerick /Ollscoil Luimnigh
Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici
Université Bretagne Sud
Université Rennes 2 – Coordinator of the eMERGE partnership

Members of the ESF are students who hold key roles at their universities in their student unions and associations. Together, their goal will be to
generate ideas and create tangible benefits for the combined student populations. They will also be looking to create connections amongst the
different student communities and will seek to integrate student organizations as partners in this dynamic as they work towards building durable
The students intend to focus on two areas: academic policy (i.e. academic transparency in common mobility programs including, the availability
of courses, grading systems and more); and cultural exchange (i.e. activities that will help to bring students together around social and cultural
activities). They have already discussed potentially creating a common blog, a video challenge to present their campuses, organizing concerts,
creative festivals and sport exchanges.
In the short-term, each member of the consortium will be nominating two people from their university to participate in the academic and cultural
exchange sub-committees. Once in place, these representatives will present ideas for the 2021 Action Plan to the ESF plenary group and the overall
consortium steering committee.