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The Evolution of a

European Student

Network

By Anouk Adang, Sandor Kreuze and

Gert Ruepert

Utrecht University 2005


Content of the presentation

• What is EGEA

The development of the network

• Reflection and future perspectives


What is EGEA

The European Geography Association for

students and young geographers

• Since 1988, founded by Utrecht, Barcelona and

Warsaw

Network with around 73 entities in 29 countries

The aims of EGEA are to encourage, promote and develop

activities between Geography students and young geographers in

Europe, , in the cultural, academic, educational, scientific and

professional fields.


Activities

• Congresses

• Annual Congress

• 4 Regional Congresses

• Other congresses

• Exchanges

• Scientific committees

and magazine

The internet website and

forum

http://egea.geo.uu.nl

• Other activities

• National weekends

• New years party

• Introduction for foreign

students

• Excursions etc.


• Division in four regions

• General Board

• Board of Executives

Organisation


Some pictures…

The Annual Congress 2004 in Baarlo, , The

Netherlands

• 206 participants

• themes Water and European integration and identity

• 5 Lectures, 14 workshops, 4 big excursions,

parties, presentations and more


The development of the EGEA

network

• Which entities have been active in the EGEA

history

• Is there a geographical pattern in the growth of

EGEA

• Which factors play a role in the in the origin of

entities


Number of participations in Annual Congresses per

entity


Years in BoE per entity


Results

• Expansion and dynamism

• No clear geographical direction of growth

• ‘Core’ in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland

• Some striking blank spots

• Face to face contact as the most important

mode of communication


Reflection and future perspectives

• Benefits for students joining EGEA

• Improve and share knowledge on geographical subjects

• Getting acquainted with other geographical traditions

• (Cheap) travel opportunities

• Getting to know other countries and cultures

• International contacts

• Improve organisational skills

• Fun!

• Time and Money


Future perspectives

• Further growth

• Problems with finding organisers

• Seriousness vs. fun

• Scientific committees and magazine

• Structural funding

• Alumni network

The next Annual Congress…


Thank you

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