ITEM Scientific Coordinator, dr. Alexander Hoogenboom, awarded with ELFA Award 2016
ITEM’s scientific coordinator, dr. Alexander Hoogenboom, has been awarded ‘first place’ in the European Law Faculties Association 2016 doctoral thesis competition on European law for his thesis Balancing Student Mobility Rights and National Higher Education Autonomy in the European Union. The award was presented at ELFA’s Annual General Meeting and Conference 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic. The official announcement can be found here. Alexander would like to thank once again his supervisors for their insights and comments, as well as his partner, friends, family and colleagues for their company, trust and support throughout the writing process.
More about the thesis
Dr. Alexander Hoogenboom’s PhD conferral took place on 18 October 2016. The thesis addresses the recent tension around student mobility and tries to answer the overarching question on how to safeguard mobility rights for study purposes of Union citizens within the EU, while simultaneously ensuring the sustainability of the national higher education systems of (certain) Member States. The main conclusion in this regard is that the current EU legal framework applying to mobile students is both insufficient and incoherent. In addition, the Member States of the EU seem to have trouble properly implementing EU law in this area and cannot by themselves effectively and fairly engage in balancing exercise. Rather there is a need for a comprehensive and generous EU-level study loan system – managed centrally at the EU level – to support the mobility rights of Union citizens for study purposes.