ESU argues for universal access to PSE

November 18, 2013

In an article reflecting on 2 recent gatherings held in Thailand and Canada to discuss the future of higher education, the equality coordinator for the European Students’ Union, Aengus Ó Maoláin, is urging the PSE sector to adopt universal access to higher education policies. According to Ó Maoláin, “universities can no longer afford to act like elite institutions, and governments can no longer allow them to.” Universal social support for PSE is the only way to ensure true equity and to remove the perceived financial barriers and debt aversions, says Ó Maoláin. As he puts it, “It is time for the next generation to take responsibility for the promotion and proliferation of PSE as a universal opportunity, to take up the battle for education as a public good, a public responsibility and an inalienable human right.” University World News