The Global Student: Building Bridges over Growing Barriers
The theme of The Class Conference 2017 envisioned the European student living sector as a source of unity against a growing divisive political discourse emphasizing borders and differences.
1. The Global Student finds itself in a political discourse that is full of barriers, thankfully many countries in a stark contrast, act as good examples by opening their borders to young talents.
2. Language is still one of the fundamental barriers to overcome as it is proven that English taught courses can attract the students who no longer have the UK and the US as options.
3. Value the intangible. Attractiveness of cities does not depend only on available jobs and a lower than average cost of living. This Conference highlighted that soft values such as great weather, a vibrant culture, the quality of public space and the cuisine can turn cities into hotbeds.
4. Whereas co-living has been around for hundreds of years, we are now seeing it having a renaissance. Co-living caters to a generation that is used to live in superior student accommodation and wishes to continue that communal lifestyle past graduation.
5. Through residence life programs, as well as architecture, communities are now being shaped in a way that promotes inclusion among very diverse bodies of students. Topics like mental health and inclusiveness are becoming increasingly important.