Thursday 14-05-2015 - 11:22
Fernando Galán has been elected as the new Chairperson for the European Students‘ Union (ESU).
Fernando, from Spain, was elected along with two Vice-Chairpersons and seven executive committee members at the ESU board meeting in Yerevan, Armenia from 9 to 11 May.
Over 100 delegates from 47 national unions of students from 39 countries participated in the meeting. The newly elected team will represent more than 15 million students in Europe over their one year term in office, which begins on 1 July 2015.
Fernando Galán has served as Vice-Chairperson of ESU since July 2013 and a year earlier, was a member of ESUs Executive Committee. Since he began his university education he has been involved in different levels of student representation at national and university level, mainly in the field of quality assurance, online learning and recognition. As an ESU representative, Fernando has participated in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and different experts‘ groups of the EU and UNESCO.
When asked about his expectations and prioroties for his term ahead as Chairperson of the ESU, Fernando said: ‘I aim to bring ESU to the spotlight of the policy-making scene, standing up for students‘ rights, making sure that all students have equal opportunities for accessing good quality Higher Education.‘
Moreover, commenting on the need for collectivism, Fernando adds: ‘We should also build alliances with other student organisations across the globe, for learning from each other and protecting students from attacks. Now more than ever, we have to make sure that all educational systems enable students to become active members of democratic, tolerant and open societies.‘
More information about the recent elections can be found on the ESU website