Europe on Track

Europe on Track 2 empowers European youth to become actors in the construction of the Europe of tomorrow

AEGEE-Europe launched on Wednesday 9th April the project Europe on Track 2 in the European Parliament. After presenting in the press conference, six travellers divided in two teams began their routes, crossing the European continent by train during one month, with the objective of interviewing young people from various backgrounds about their vision of Europe. To set the context, the results and the documentary from the first edition, winner of the 2013 European Charlemagne Youth Prize, were presented to the audience. Then the project coordinators introduced the features of Europe on Track 2, which this time focuses on encouraging young people to get involved [...]

Europe on Track 2 empowers European youth to become actors in the construction of the Europe of tomorrow2014-04-15T08:17:55+00:00

EUroptimism in the City of the Squares

After an interesting discussion about the European Parliament elections in Aachen, we arrived in Mannheim - the third-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The uniqueness of this city was obvious from the start as there are no street names and instead letters of the alphabet are used to make the navigation easier. Locals call Mannheim "die Quadratestadt" (city of the squares) because its streets and avenues are laid out to make a grid. “You can never get lost in Mannheim” assured us one of the hosts. Another famous landmark is the 18th century Mannheim Palace, former residence of [...]

EUroptimism in the City of the Squares 2014-04-22T09:35:28+00:00

French youngsters: Young people are realising about their European identity

The most difficult task awaited team Red already at their first stop in Orléans - to bring mobility opportunities closer to high school students, counting only with their few traveling experiences and difficulty to express themselves in English. The event was held at the Regional centre for young people in Orléans (CRIJ) which is also the territorial base of Europe Direct. One of the highlights of the event was the inter-generational shift which young French feel regarding youth mobility and was not present in their countries several decades ago. Young participants expressed that they consider very important to obtain any [...]

French youngsters: Young people are realising about their European identity2014-04-12T20:41:06+00:00

Charlemagne meets Charlemagne in Aachen

11th of April 2014 Team Blue Discussing Democracy in the former capital of Europe If Europe would have any “capital” nowadays most people would situate it in Brussels, the city where the European institutions are located. However, in a distant past – more than a thousand years before we had a European Union and a European Parliament – the capital of Europe was situated in Aachen. This medium sized German city that is situated very closely to the Belgian and Dutch borders was once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire. It was the centre of the empire of Charlemagne, [...]

Charlemagne meets Charlemagne in Aachen 2014-04-21T13:40:55+00:00

Preparing for the European journey of a lifetime!

The Start of Europe on Track: Training weekend in Brussels and Network meeting in Leiden 08-04-2014 Europe on Track is almost ready to go! During the past weekend the travelers of the project finally met each other in person and had a preparation event in Brussels. It was great for them to share ideas about the project. On Sunday they already gained input from students during the Network Meeting (NWM) in Leiden. With so many great ideas, people and enthusiasm on board, you better brace yourselves for a great European adventure! You can follow everything the teams’ experience on the [...]

Preparing for the European journey of a lifetime!2014-04-08T21:10:52+00:00

Green light for quality internships in the EU

By Lucia Sobeková On 10 March, the European Council gave a green light to quality internships across the EU by adopting the Recommendation on Quality Framework to improve quality of traineeships. The legislation promises more transparency and better conditions for young trainees across the European countries. Over past two decades, traineeships became the important step in transition from studies to employment for many Europeans. The newly adopted framework should strengthen the purpose of internships, as it considers a traineeship as an investment to further education. By clarifying the learning aspects, it expects to boost the possibilities of a young person [...]

Green light for quality internships in the EU2014-04-04T18:39:55+00:00

Teaching Technology as the Great Challenge of the New Generation

Youth Participation: Professor at a pop festival  Interview with Professor Peter-Paul Verbeek One of the themes of Europe on Track is Youth Participation, which comprises a very broad range of discussions. A question that immediately comes to mind is: what should we, as the European youth, participate in and how should we participate or get involved? I have discussed one possible answer with Peter-Paul Verbeek, who is professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente. He argues that technology is one of the biggest challenges of the new generation and that there is a desperate need for creating [...]

Teaching Technology as the Great Challenge of the New Generation2014-04-04T18:41:59+00:00

AEGEE-Europe invites you to the press conference marking the launch of Europe on Track 2

“Europe on Track”, winner of the 2013 European Charlemagne Youth Prize, is an innovative youth-based project prsenting 6 travellers, designated youth ambassadors, crossing the European continent by train, interviewing young people from various backgrounds about their vision of Europe. During the first edition of the project, hundreds of young Europeans were engaged in the discussions tackling the most pressing issues our generation is facing: What can young people expect from the Europe of tomorrow?  How can we preserve our present and sustain our future? With the travellers of Europe on Track discussing the focus topics of the project (Youth Participation, [...]

AEGEE-Europe invites you to the press conference marking the launch of Europe on Track 22014-03-31T10:03:43+00:00

Erasmus: A Silent Revolution

By Yana Brovdiy European Union might be going through another period of Euro sclerosis and fears for the future, one of its progenies, the Erasmus student exchange programme, remains a great example of what can be achieved through a collective effort. Origins Erasmus started in 1987 and received its name from a famous Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536), who lived and worked in various European countries. For a large part of the European history the opportunity to study in another European country was a prerogative of the royals, rich or an intellectual elite. Today anyone, no matter what [...]

Erasmus: A Silent Revolution 2014-03-31T15:57:58+00:00