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.

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Resources

  • Inclusive Higher Digital Education webinar: The way forward

    Partners news

    9 Sep 2022

    Hosted on Thursday 22 September, the webinar “Inclusive Higher Digital Education: The way forward”, will be an opportunity to learn about practical tools that can promote the accessibility of digital education. The webinar is organised within the framework of the “Inclusive University Digital...

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  • Inspireurope Recommendations: Expanding opportunities in Europe for...

    Report

    19 Apr 2022

    Scholars in many parts of the world are experiencing threats to their careers, liberty, and even...

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  • “Strategies for inclusion of refugees and migrants in European...

    Partners news

    15 Apr 2022

    The UNI(di)VERSITY project is organising a Staff Training Week on “Strategies for inclusion of refugees and migrants in European Universities” which will take place on 7-10 June 2022 at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. The Staff Training week will provide participants with a set of...

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  • Admission pathways for refugee students in higher education

    Partners news

    4 Apr 2022

    The final dissemination webinar of the ARENA – Refugees and Recognition (Toolkit 3) project will be held online on May 4, 2022 at 12:00-15:00 (CET). Sharing the experiences of universities, NARICs and refugee students themselves, the event aims to raise awareness on how higher education...

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  • Inspireurope Regional Outreach Workshop

    Partners news

    22 Mar 2022

    The next InSPIREurope Southeast Europe Regional Outreach Workshop will be held on 31 March 2022 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. This workshop will bring together academics, HEI representatives, NGOs, national/EU representatives, representatives of...

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  • Women in university leadership – some progress but more to do

    News

    7 Mar 2022

    International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the gender disparities in university leadership. This article, presenting the latest data and trends in female leadership in EUA member universities in 48 countries*, is part of EUA’s contribution to this important debate. More...

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  • UNI(di)VERSITY multiplier events in Italy and Spain

    Partners news

    17 Nov 2021

    In November and December 2021, multiplier events will be hosted by Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, and by the Fundació Solidaritat UB in Spain, to present the results of UNI(di)VERSITY first output and the upcoming project activities. EUA is a partner of this project. UNI(di)VERSITY...

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  • Higher Education diversity strategies for migrant and refugee inclusion

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    17 Nov 2021

    The inclusion and integration of migrants is an important social and economic investment, and...

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  • InclUDE project: survey on accessibility tools for online learning

    Partners news

    9 Nov 2021

    The members of the Erasmus+ project ‘Inclusive University Digital Education’ (InclUDE) have launched a call for survey respondents on the topic of accessibility tools for online learning. The InclUDE project group is composed of the University of Wolverhampton, University of Klagenfurt,...

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  • Philipp Schwartz-Initiative for researchers at risk: 10th call for nominations

    Partners news

    1 Jul 2021

    The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation opened the applications period for the 10th call of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The Philipp Schwartz Initiative allows researchers who are no longer able to work in their own countries because they are threatened or persecuted to continue their...

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  • Greek universities unite with Scholars at Risk

    Partners news

    24 Jun 2021

    Greek higher education institutions are taking a step further to defend academic freedom and the rights of scholars worldwide. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the international Scholars at Risk network (SAR), aimed at enhancing their...

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  • Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships

    Partners news

    17 Jun 2021

    Scholars at Risk (SAR) is pleased to announce a call for applications for remote research fellowships for early career researchers studying, writing and/or teaching on academic freedom and/or related higher education values, made possible by the generous support and partnership of the Andrew W....

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  • Council of Europe call for best practices in promoting academic integrity...

    Partners news

    3 May 2021

    The Education Department of the Council of Europe launched the application period for Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity during Covid-19, open until 20 August. The Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity is in line with the ETINED mission, specifically...

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  • EUROSTUDENT VII final conference, 18 – 19 May

    Partners news

    20 Apr 2021

    EUROSTUDENT organises the EUROSTUDENT VII final conference online on 18 and 19 May 2021. Registrations are now open and free of charge. The conference serves to showcase and discuss the results and insights achieved through EUROSTUDENT by bringing together the involved stakeholders,...

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  • NESET report: The impact of COVID-19 on higher education: a review of emerging...

    Partners news

    19 Apr 2021

    NESET, the Network of Experts working on the Social dimension of Education and Training, has published the report “The impact of COVID-19 on higher education: a review of emerging evidence”. The report provides a synthesis of the emerging evidence on what impact Covid-19 has on three specific...

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  • DAAD scholarship “Hilde Domin Programme” for students and doctoral candidates...

    Partners news

    16 Apr 2021

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin. The application portal...

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  • New Welsh International Learning Exchange Programme

    Partners news

    23 Mar 2021

    The Welsh Government announced the new International Learning Exchange programme following the UK Government’s decision to withdraw from the Erasmus+ scheme for the 2021 – 2027 period. The new programme will offer opportunities to learners, young people, educators, and staff from the 2022/2023...

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  • Sustainable learning and teaching: EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer...

    News

    19 Mar 2021

    Sustainable learning and teaching was at the centre of the 2020 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups, which have wrapped up their cycle of work. Focusing specific issues under this broader topic, the groups have released their reports covering: Approaches in learning and teaching...

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  • Webinar “From Diversity STEMs Success: Promoting Gamechangers in Research and...

    Partners news

    17 Mar 2021

    The UK Mission to the EU, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the European University Association (EUA) organise the webinar “From Diversity STEMs Success: Promoting Gamechangers in Research and Innovation” on 23 March from 11:00 to 12:00 CEST. As part of the UK G7...

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  • ARENA project webinar series: Refugees Country Briefings

    Partners news

    16 Mar 2021

    The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) organises a series of five webinars as part of the Erasmus+ supported ARENA (Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 3) project. The webinars will present refugees country briefings for Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Burundi and...

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  • Despite gains, women still highly outnumbered by men as university leaders

    News

    5 Mar 2021

    International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, is an opportunity that EUA has been seizing every year to further raise awareness on gender disparities in universities. In 2021, again, the Association contributes to this important discussion by presenting the latest data on female leadership...

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  • Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and inclusion

    Report

    5 Mar 2021

    The 2020 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group on “Approaches in learning and teaching...

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  • EUA supports the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités (France) in its call...

    News

    25 Feb 2021

    On 14 February, Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, announced plans to order the French research agency (CNRS) to conduct an enquiry into French university research focused on colonialism and race. The aim, according to Vidal, is to identify those...

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  • Inclusive Learning in Higher Education Symposium, 7 and 8 April

    Partners news

    9 Feb 2021

    The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT), part of EUA member National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), partnered with its Inclusive Learning project team to organise the online Inclusive Learning in Higher Education Symposium on 7 and 8 April 2021. This two-day...

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  • ESNSurvey 2021: analysing the impact of student mobility

    Partners news

    20 Jan 2021

    The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) launched their yearly ESNsurvey, the largest European-wide research project conducted solely by volunteers working to advocate for the improvement of exchange programmes and education in Europe. The deadline to participate is 31 January. This year’s edition of...

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Projects

  • UNI(di)VERSITY

    Socially responsible university for inclusive societies in the era of migration UNI(di)VERSITY builds upon the results of the inHERE project focused on supporting EU HEIs’...
  • 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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