European Student Assembly 2024: Empowering the Future Leaders of Europe

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The 3rd edition of the European Student Assembly (ESA) took place in Strasbourg from the 10th to the 12th of April, 2024. This significant event brought together over 250 students from 170 European institutions, all representing 41 Alliances. The European Parliament hosted this assembly, where students discussed 11 essential themes related to the European Union and proposed their final recommendations.


Among the participants was Alicja Tuliszka, a dedicated EDUC Alliance student who played a pivotal role in the assembly. Alicja's journey and experiences offer a glimpse into the collaborative spirit and dynamic discussions that characterized ESA 2024. Her involvement highlights the assembly's impact on both a personal and professional level, showcasing the power of student-driven initiatives in shaping the future of Europe.


What inspired you to apply as a coordinator for the European Student Assembly?

Alicja Tuliszka: "I decided to apply as a coordinator for the European Student Assembly to empower fellow students to create new collaborations and foster their engagement both at the European level and within their local communities. Through my previous experiences and skills, I wanted to encourage the panelists to embrace divergent perspectives during discussions and underscore the significance of individual voices in shaping the collective future."


What was the highlight of your experience at ESA 2024?

Alicja Tuliszka: "The climax of ESA unfolded in Strasbourg within the prestigious halls of the European Parliament. The event was marked by first in-person panel meetings, interesting inter-panel debates, and the invaluable exchange of ideas and strategies forged over months of preparation. Watching all of our recommendations get approved by the European Students Assembly was a moment I'll never forget – a reminder that when people come together, incredible things can happen."


ESA 2024: Beyond Strasbourg

Alicja's journey with ESA doesn't end in Strasbourg. She emphasizes that participants become part of a vibrant community of alumni committed to amplifying the voices of youth and enhancing the initiative year after year. "ESA extends far beyond the event in Strasbourg," she explains. "Participants emerge with a strengthened sense of belonging to the European community, equipped with invaluable experiences for their professional and personal lives."

Alicja’s story is a testament to the transformative power of the European Student Assembly. Her dedication and leadership exemplify how student-driven initiatives can drive meaningful change and foster a sense of European unity.

No matter what you're studying or how much experience you have, and especially if it's pushing you out of your comfort zone – ESA is the place for you, Alicja concludes.


For the full interview with Alicja Tuliszka, including insights into her ESA experience and reflections on the future of Europe, click HERE. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories and opportunities with the EDUC Alliance.

A policy recommendations handbook is issued to summarize all the recommendations designed and voted by the participants to the European Student Assembly – ESA 2024 for each of the 11 discussion panels. The document is available for download HERE.