Diversity & Inclusion

Our societies are changing. In Europe, increased migration has contributed to more cultural diversity – and more awareness on the topic. Social diversity and inequality are hotly debated in the wake of the financial crisis and they are closely related to globalisation and a rapidly-changing labour markets. Moreover, the last decade has seen an increase in awareness and recognition of sexual and gender diversity.

In this context, inclusiveness has become a strategic question for a number of universities, impacting learning and teaching, research and institutional cultures. Many have taken action to find new ways to enable people from traditionally less-represented backgrounds to find their place in higher education.

EUA is working to ensure that universities across Europe have a platform to share their approaches and strategies. The Association facilitates an ongoing European-wide discussion on the topic, fostering peer-learning activities and supporting members in understanding how diversity, equity and inclusiveness can be embedded into higher education, research and university management.

EUA also uses its findings in relevant policy debates, for instance in the Bologna Process or its activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Association also focuses on this topic through the “Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe” (inHERE) project and the “Refugees Welcome Map”. EUA is also active in monitoring gender equality, especially in university leadership. These topics are also present in the Association’s work in promoting universities and values.

Resources

  • InSPIREurope Outreach Workshop, Hybrid event, 30 September 2020

    Partners news

    16 Sep 2020

    InSPIREurope, the initiative to support, promote and integrate researchers at risk in Europe, organises the first InSPIREurope outreach workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 30 September. The event will be organised in hybrid format: online and with face-to-face meetings at the premises of EUA...

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  • Universities invited to participate in UN75 Initiative

    Partners news

    28 Jul 2020

    To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations launched a global conversation on how to tackle the challenges we face and build a better future for all. The UN invites European universities to participate in the UN75 Initiative by hosting dialogues and responding to a one-minute...

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  • Eurograduate Pilot Survey report

    Partners news

    7 Jul 2020

    The European Commission has published the first report of the Eurograduate Pilot Survey, with insights on graduates’ education, skills, careers, mobility, and social outcomes, comparing eight pilot countries. EUA is member of the Eurograduate advisory board. The Eurograduate survey is a one-off...

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  • Free online course “Gender Equality in research and innovation: the journey...

    Partners news

    10 Jun 2020

    The Gender Equality Academy organises the free online course “Gender Equality in research and innovation: the journey toward Institutional Change”, designed and delivered within the H2020 GE Academy Project. The course, built around 7 modules, aims at providing learners with a wealth of...

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  • The Höffmann Academic Award for Intercultural Competence 2020

    Partners news

    15 May 2020

    The University of Vechta, in Germany, opened a call for nominations for the Höffmann Academic Award for Intercultural Competence, sponsored by the Vechta-based travel company Höffmann Reisen GmbH. The award, of 10.000 euros, is part of a long-term programme aimed at promoting intercultural...

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  • FCAPP’s International "Economy and Society" Award, 5th edition

    Partners news

    8 May 2020

    The Centesimus Annus- Pro Pontifice Foundation (FCAPP) organises the 5th edition of the International "Economy and Society" Award to promote knowledge of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. The award consists of: a prize worth 20,000 euros for publications in economic and social...

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  • #Erasmus500: Towards a truly European grant

    Partners news

    7 May 2020

    The European Students Union (ESU), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European University Foundation (EUF) are launching a proposal for a baseline mobility grant of 500€/month from 2021 onwards. The #Erasmus500 Declaration builds upon a DAAD proposal from 2019 and is aimed at addressing...

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  • ASEM Education Secretariat calling for examples of practices on inclusive...

    Partners news

    4 May 2020

    In the context of the coronavirus crisis, the Secretariat of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Education Process would like to showcase and disseminate different types of initiatives and measures, with a focus on the inclusion of vulnerable or disadvantaged students in distance education and...

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  • InSPIREurope 2020 Virtual Stakeholder Forum, 8 June 2020

    Partners news

    24 Apr 2020

    The 2020 InSPIREurope Stakeholder Forum, originally scheduled to take place at the Collège de France in Paris, will now take place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Registrations are now open to the online event, which is the first of three annual fora taking place over the duration of...

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  • Survey on impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education Admissions

    Partners news

    25 Mar 2020

    The organisers of the World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) launched a survey on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education admissions around the world, to be filled before 29 March. The aim of the survey is to gather information that can help policymakers and institutions in finding...

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  • Male vs female university leaders: the hard facts on International Women’s Day

    News

    6 Mar 2020

    International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, is a moment to recognise the great achievements that women have made in history, as well as reflect on what still holds them back. Every year, EUA takes the occasion to present the latest data on female leadership among its 800-plus member...

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  • International "Economy and Society" Award - 2021 edition

    Partners news

    4 Mar 2020

    The Centesimus Annus- Pro Pontifice Foundation (FCAPP) in Vatican City launched the 5th edition of the International "Economy and Society" Award, aimed at promoting the knowledge of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. The Foundation offers:a) a prize worth 20,000 euro for...

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  • Study on international credit mobility for disadvantaged students

    News

    19 Feb 2020

    EUA has recently conducted a study on the implementation of International Credit Mobility towards disadvantaged students for the European Commission. Under the Support and Promotion for Higher Education Reform Experts initiative (SPHERE), the study addresses the capacity of the Erasmus+ programme...

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  • Call for participation: World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day 2020, 4...

    Partners news

    12 Feb 2020

    The 10th edition of the World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day (WSD-TD 2020) will take place on 4 December 2020. This major online event provides lecturers and learners with the latest information, trends and insights on sustainable development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and...

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  • Free to think 2019: new report from Scholars at Risk analyses attacks on...

    Partners news

    29 Nov 2019

    EUA partner Scholars at Risk (SAR) released the report Free to Think 2019 analysing 324 attacks on higher education communities in 56 countries between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. The report draws on data from SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project to identify trends related to...

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  • Call for papers: International Turkic World Tourism Symposium, 9 – 11 April...

    Partners news

    28 Nov 2019

    The sixth edition of the International Turkic World Tourism Symposium will take place on 9-11...

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  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: strategic issues for universities

    News

    21 Nov 2019

    EUA has released a major report on “Diversity, equity and inclusion in European higher education institutions” just days ahead of the second World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED). The report presents a broad picture with data from 159 higher education institutions in 36 European systems...

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  • UNESCO General Conference adopts Global Recognition Convention

    News

    20 Nov 2019

    The UNESCO General Conference has adopted the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, or Global Recognition Convention, as it is more commonly referred to. This document constitutes a culmination of decades of efforts of streamlining recognition practices across...

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  • Final dissemination seminar on Refugees and Recognition – An Erasmus+ Project,...

    Partners news

    20 Nov 2019

    The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) organises the final dissemination seminar of the Erasmus+ Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 2 (REACT) project on 17 January 2020 in Brussels. The project has identified possible pathways for the admission of refugee students in...

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  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in European higher education institutions:...

    Report

    19 Nov 2019

    Inclusiveness has become a strategic question for a number of higher education institutions across...

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  • Lifelong Learning Week 2019, 2 – 6 December, Brussels

    Partners news

    13 Nov 2019

    The Lifelong Learning Platform is organising the 9th edition of the LLLWeek on 2-6 December in Brussels. This year the LLLWeek will be dedicated to “Learning Democracy, Values and Participation”, with debates that will focus on the role of civil society organisations working in education to...

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  • Erasmus+ Refugee Education Initiatives: Call for papers

    Partners news

    12 Nov 2019

    The Erasmus+ Refugee Education Initiatives (REIs) consortium has launched a call for papers for a workshop on “Exploring European Experiences in Providing Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers”, taking place at Central European University, Budapest, on 19-20 March 2020. Papers from...

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  • Webinar on Refugees and Recognition – An Erasmus+ Project, 19 November

    Partners news

    31 Oct 2019

    The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) organises a webinar on 19 November from 12:00 to 14:00 to present the results of the testing performed at higher education institutions in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Ireland. The webinar is organised within the...

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  • Symposium “Racism and Antisemitism – commonplace in Europe?” at Frankfurt...

    Partners news

    22 Oct 2019

    The Center for Applied European Studies (CAES) invites interested participants to attend the symposium “Racism and Antisemitism – commonplace in Europe?” on 22 November at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The symposium, conducted in the German language, will provide a space for...

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  • EUA to present INVITED project at World Access to Higher Education Day on 26...

    Partners news

    17 Oct 2019

    The second World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) will take place on 26 November 2019 in Edinburgh, UK. WAHED is the international day of action focused on addressing inequalities in access and success in higher education. The aim of WAHED is to act as a catalyst for local, national and...

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Expert voices

Projects

  • InSPIREurope

    Initiative to Support, Promote and Integrate Researchers at Risk in Europe InSPIREurope is a Europe-wide initiative to support researchers who are at risk due to...
  • INVITED

    Strategies towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Universities The INVITED project aims to support universities in developing and strategies towards equity,...
  • TandEM

    Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe The TandEM project (Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe), led by the International...
  • inHERE

    Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe Throughout Europe, higher education institutions are supporting refugees, as showcased by EUA’s...
  • Refugees Welcome Map

    An inventory of higher education supporting refugees.

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Events

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