Students discuss growing unemployment among young graduates

A member of LuxDoc joined the Luxembourg’s University Students (LUS) for the 23rd European Student Convention which took place from 17th to 19th March 2012 at the University of Copenhagen. This 23rd edition of the Convention was jointly organised by the European Student’s Union (ESU) and the Danish National Union of Students. Its focus was on the topic ”Getting Young Europe Out of the Crisis: eyes on higher education and employability of graduates”. One of LuxDoc’s members was invited by the LUS to act as a representative of Luxembourg’s PhD students. 
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Three panel discussions were organised on the following topics:

  • The influence of private economy on higher education
  • A glimpse at the potential of higher education: going beyond skills
  • European Higher Education: Area of (UN)Employability?

Cop 1The Convention was launched with an opening speech by Morten Østergaard, the Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education of Danemark. Speakers from different European institutions with educational purposes contributed to the panel discussions. Luxembourg was represented by Germain Dondelinger from the Ministry of Education.

A series of parallel workshops dealt with the topics of graduates’ employability and students mobility (i.e. Erasmus for all, Youth employability, etc.). The aim of these workshops was to collect recommendations on “how to overcome the difficulties young graduates are faced with when finding a job”. The recommendations of the “Copenhagen declaration” will becommunicated to the national governments. The list of recommendations is published on the ESU website (

LuxDoc’s delegate also enjoyed the more informal social activities and was able to engage in many insightfuldiscussions on the national students unions work, management and organisation.

Marie-Line Glaesener for LuxDoc


Eurodoc has released a paper on May 17th, 2012, detailing how and why Eurodoc defines Doctoral Candidates as professionals. This is the case already in Luxembourg, where doctoral candidates are both students and professionals, but many countries in Europe do not do so. This is therefor a very important aspect of the current and future situation in Luxembourg.

You can read the full paper as a PDF here.

LuxDoc wishes you a nice holiday and a happy Easter!
Here is to hoping that you will be able to spend it with your family and friends.

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In an attempt to promote (Luxembourgish) research on the European level, we recently sent, in collaboration with the Luxembourg University Students (LUS), 1 delegate to

Copenhagen for the 23rd European Students Convention, and in April we will send 1 delegate to Bucharest for the European training on financing higher education and the 62nd ESU Board meeting.

In addition, LuxDoc sent 1 delegate to Krakow for the General Assembly of the Eurodoc association. During that meeting, LuxDoc was admitted as a member in Eurodoc, meaning that we are now present on the European level.

Please check back on our Facebook and Website soon for summary articles of these conferences.

In an effort to streamline our activites, from now on new members will be able to register online through our brand new registration form.

You can register using the Menu "Join LuxDoc" on the left, or through this link.