The Main Hall at Aarhus University
IN DIALOGUE WITH THE CULTURAL COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
The European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee visited Aarhus on 22nd of May in connection with the city's status as European Capital of Culture.
The committee's first stop was at the historical aula at Aarhus University where STAK was facilitating a meeting between the european delegates and students from Aarhus. Before the visit at Aarhus the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee had expressed the wish to be allowed to meet and talk with students from the city. In collaboration with Marianne Ping Huang and 2017Academy, STAK was offered the opportunity to be co-hosts at the dialogue meeting - an offer we of course could not turn down.

OUR VIEW
In STAK we wish to be a voice for students in Aarhus and make sure that students are used as a resource in businesses, cultural projects and in urban development.
And Aarhus is the youngest city in Denmark - every fifth person you meet in the street are a student. And because of that fact it was obvious for STAK that the committee could not visit a city like Aarhus without meeting some of the students who are such a big part of the city's life.

On that note we invited other students who, like STAK, have worked with projects in the city. In addition to STAK the students represented was representatives from the projects DCLivingLab, the Warm Welcome Society and a group of international students from the Erasmus Mundus program.


Student representatives from the Erasmus Mundus Master's in Journalism, Media and Globalisation
TAKE AWAYS
STAK were given the task of facilitating the meeting so that a dialogue could happen between the delegates and the participating students. The meeting was closed and there was a real opportunity for the exchange of ideas and thoughts between the two groups.

Each of the four groups of students had to present themselves and their projects and then present two or more problems or ideas that the committee could take with them in their future work. After each presentation there was room for questions and comments from the group of delegates who asked many critical and interesting questions about the projects and the life as a student in Aarhus.
Despite the formal framework, the atmosphere was pleasantly relaxed and there was a constructive exchange of solutions and challenges in the European culture and study environment.

OUR TAKE AWAY
STAK received great praise for the form and content of the meeting from both the participating students and the participants of the European Parliament's Culture Committee. We hope and believe that they have taken our thoughts and suggestions with them - both at their many meetings during the visit in Aarhus but also to the negotiation table in Brussels.