How to transform universities to embrace diversity and foster inclusion

The European University Association (EUA) and the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) supported by the European Students’ Union (ESU) are organising a peer learning seminar for university leaders from across Europe to discuss university strategies and approaches towards equity, diversity and inclusion. The event is part of the INVITED project and will be hosted by University College Dublin, on 14 June 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

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The call for expression of interest is now closed.

Universities are seeking ways to enable the participation of people from various backgrounds, including those that are traditionally less represented in higher education. The topic is gaining importance with education ministers who reiterated their commitment to strengthen the social dimension of higher education at the 2018 Bologna Ministerial Conference in Paris. The INVITED project aims to support universities in developing and strategies towards equity, diversity and inclusion. It also seeks to promote dialogue between stakeholders at the system level in order to ensure that regulatory and funding frameworks empower universities to fulfil their social responsibility.

The peer learning seminar (PLS), conducted in English, will be a one-day event built on presentations by EUA, EUCEN, ESU and UCD as well as open discussions between all participants.

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Founded in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) was created from an idea, The Idea of a University, written by our founding Rector John Henry Newman. This classic work is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education. Newman’s vision, “True enlargement of mind”, embodies the aspiration to provide a holistic experience and inspiring environment beyond the classroom. Interpreted today as ‘Think Bigger’, it is a rallying call for the university and its community to unleash the unique potential of the individual to meet global challenges and “to benefit the wider world.”

UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.

UCD's world extends beyond its campus, city and borders. UCD students and worldwide network of 269,000 alumni benefit from a UCD education that enables them to thrive and contribute in an increasingly global community. As the number one 'university of destination' for international students coming to Ireland, UCD's 7,923 international students make up 27% of the student body, while international academics make up 30% of UCD's faculty.

With 400 partner universities for student exchange, UCD offers extensive global study opportunities and is engaged in partnerships including such networks as Universitas 21, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), UNICA and the EUA.

Embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across the University is crucial for the success of the University Strategic Objective of “attracting and retaining an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty, and staff” from across the world. UCD is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, family status, membership of the travelling community or socio-economic status.

 Day 1 – 13 June 2019                                                         

19.00: dinner at The Ivy Dublin, Jonathan Swift Room, 13-17 Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland ( for those who signed-up in advance

Day 2 – 14 June 2019

09.00-09.20        Welcome & introduction

      • Professor Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin
      • Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Irish Minister of State for Higher Education in the Department of Education and Skills
      • Short introduction to the event by EUA

09.20-10.00         Presentations of UCD’s strategy and initiatives on equity, diversity and inclusion

10.0   10.00 -10.30       Presentation of INVITED project and survey results by Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, Policy Coordinator, EUA


11.0   11.00 – 11.30    Presentation of the HE4u2 project on cultural diversity in higher education by Carme Royo, Executive Director, European University Continuing Education Network (eucen) and Camilla Fitzsimons, Lecturer and Researcher, NUI Maynooth 

11.30 – 12.45     Your best practice in 3 minutes*

13.4514.15     Initiatives for student equity, diversity and inclusion:

14.15 – 15.00    World café**

15.00 - 15.15      Short coffee break

15:15 – 15:45    Reports from world café

15:45 – 16:00    Final discussion and closing

Moderation: Thomas Jørgensen, EUA Senior Policy Coordinator

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