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Breda students can now join European student society


As of this year Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Europe’s largest student society, has a section in Breda. Current members are predominantly NHTV students. That’s why Chairman Luuk van Hees reached out to Punt. “All students are welcome, both Dutch and international.”

ESN has more than 500 sections across Europe and in neighbouring countries such as Belarus, Turkey and Russia. Students of both research universities and universities of applied sciences can join the network. Breda got its own section in May 2016. Luuk van Hees, who studies Strategic Business Administration and Marketing at NHTV, says: “It took three years to get permission and finally we’re in business. As a section, you must comply with all of ESN’s terms and conditions before you can become part of the network.”

Large network
“Breda has a large number of student societies with very similar activities. Why join a small society when you can tap into such a large extensive network as ESN?” Students can take part in ESN activities without having to become a member. Both Dutch and international students are welcome to join in. Van Hees: “Not only do we organise events like pub crawls, we also enable students to learn Dutch or meet new friends through our activities.”

ESN’s work is underpinned by a number of core values. They contribute to society through their Social Erasmus Programme, and also operate a Party Responsible Programme and a Love Europe Programme. ESN Breda’s contribution will depend on its capacity. Van Hees: “As we have only just started, we are currently looking for students who want to join and help us. We will focus on putting ourselves on the map before embarking on any big projects.”

International December Dinner
ESN Breda organises a variety of activities, including trips abroad. Van Hees: “We will travel to Paris on 10 December. It’s still possible to sign up for that.” The student society’s International December Dinner will take place on 15 December. “It’s a potluck dinner with everyone bringing a traditional dish from their home country. We hope over 200 people will join us. Entrance is 5 euros, all of which will be donated to Serious Request.”

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