Active citizenship

Active citizenship

The emphasis that the EUF has historically put on student mobility hails from the realisation that a deep understanding of foreign languages and cultures, strengthened by memories and friendships without borders, is a key ingredient for defending younger generations against nationalist discourse, which is becoming pervasive across Europe.

That is why the EUF has a student body, the Club d’Europe, which organises debates, events and activities to promote a participative European lifestyle. Its best known project is “Ride for Your Rights”, an initiative where hundreds of students travelled across Europe by bicycle to meet with rectors, politicians and intellectuals who pledged their support for a strong increase of student mobility in Europe.

The EUF also organises the Luxembourg Forum on Human Rights and Higher Education, which takes place under the patronage of the Council of Europe. The Forum aims to investigate the role universities and students can play in the promotion of Human Rights, as well as to reflect on how Human Rights should shape the mission, strategies and priorities of higher education institutions in the 21st century.