The Bike of Honour - One bike, one vision

Bike of Honour

In summer 2011, students, rectors, ministers, mayors and EU authorities all shared one and the same passion. The passion for crossing borders, exploring the unknown, acquiring language and culture skills, taking on responsibility for the future of Europe’s youth and the environment – to make it short , all eyes were on the Bike of Honour. Our little star represents modern Student Mobility at its best. As a bike it is a symbol for mobility as such. The built in electric motor however, expresses the urgent need for an extra boost for Student Mobility.

Therefore, The Bike of Honour accompanied the Ride for your Rights! riders on their 5000 km long mission through Europe. Once on the road, the Bike of Honour served as a symbol for international cooperation. During the Ride for your Rights! It's time to (ex)change your life summer tour, the frame of the bicycle was signed by a total of 27 distinguished personalities from 11 different countries. By the act of riding and signing the Bike of Honour its signatories officially supported the content of the Ride for your Rights! Manifesto.

While the Manifesto was mainly signed by students from all over Europe, the Bike of Honour attracted the attention of authorities such as the President of the European Parliament, Ministers for Education and Science and many university rectors. The act of embellishing the Bike of Honour with autographs by most respected personae was mostly preceded by a discussion round with students who participated in the project. First-hand exchange experiences were shared and all obstacles that hinder students from studying abroad were outlined. Our proposals for improvements, as stated in the Manifesto, were explained and stakeholders were urged to implement the necessary tools which will enhance student mobility as fast as possible.

The Bike of Honour can therefore be seen as a transnational mutual agreement between decision makers and stakeholders of Student Mobility in Higher Education to eliminate remaining impediments for student exchange programmes.

The Bike of Honour is proud to have been ridden and signed by the following people:

European Institutions

  • Jerzy Buzek - MEP (EPP), President of the European Parliament (2009 - 2011)
  • Martin Schulz - MEP (S&D), President of the European Parliament (2012 - present)
  • Doris Pack - MEP (EPP), Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament
  • Michael Cramer - MEP (Greens-EFA)
  • Ulrike Lunacek - MEP (Greens-EFA)
  • Lothar Bisky - MEP (GUE-NGL)
  • Heinz K. Becker - MEP (EPP)
  • Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid - MEP (EPP)
  • Milan Zver - MEP (EPP)
  • Iosif Matula - MEP (EPP)
  • Katarína Nevedalova - MEP (S&D)
  • Maroš Šefčovič - Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Richard Kühnel - Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vienna (Austria)

National governments

  • Dalia Grybauskaitė - President of Lithuania
  • Karlheinz Töchterle - Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research (Austria)
  • Germain Dondelinger - Coordinator of the Ministry of culture, higher education and research Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Gita Rēvalde - Director, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Latvia (Latvia)
  • Peter Plavčan - Director of Higher Education from the Slovak Ministry of Education (Slovakia)
  • Egidijus Vareikis - Member of the Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament) (Lithuania)
  • Marc Spautz - Minister for Family and Integration (Luxembourg)

Regional and local government

  • Manfred Fass – Mayor of Laa an der Thaya (Austria)
  • Martin Novotný – Mayor of Olomouc (Czech Republic)
  • Povilas Mačiulis - Vice Mayor of Kaunas city (Lithuania)
  • Sari Raassina - Chairman of City Board, Kuopio (Finland)
  • Aleksandar Kravić - City counselor for youth and sports (Serbia)

Higher Education Institutions

  • Perttu Vartiainen – Rector of University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • Miroslav Vesković – Rector of University of Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Heinz Engl - Rector of the University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Kalervo Väänänen - Academic Rector of the University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • Jakub Dürr – Vice - Rector, Palacky University Olomouc (Czech Republic)
  • Zofia Wysokińska – Vice – Rector, University of Łódź (Poland)
  • Wojciech Wolf – Vice – Rector, Technical University of Łódź (Poland)
  • Kalle Tammemäe – Vice - Rector, Tallinn Technical University (Estonia)
  • Juris Krūmiņš - Vice – Rector, University of Latvia (Latvia)
  • Tatiana Tsueva - Director Advisor, Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Jānis Vētra – Director of the Council of Higher Education (Latvia)
  • Baiba Ramiņa – Head of the Academic Information Centre (Latvia)

Academics

  • Džiugas Dvarionas – Associate Professor, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
  • Andrius Švarplys – Lecturer, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
  • Tomas Kavaliauskas – PhD researcher and lecturer, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)

Athletes

  • Herbert Prohaska - Football legend and former World Championship player (Austria)

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