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

  • 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...

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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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  • Call for proposals: E³UDRES² welcomes ideas for a closer connection between...

    Partners news

    22 Dec 2020

    The European University Alliance E³UDRES² (Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions) calls for scientific contributions, relevant concepts, inspiring ideas, and innovative approaches for a closer connection between science and higher...

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  • Lumina Foundation study: COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education

    Partners news

    4 Dec 2020

    Lumina Foundation published a study entitled “COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education: Coping with the Present while Building a More Equitable Future”. The study offers a preliminary assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on higher education throughout the world, with a special...

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  • EUA response to EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion

    News

    4 Dec 2020

    The new European Commission “Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion” frames migrant integration under the overarching theme of “Inclusion for all”. Like the previous plan, there is a strong emphasis on the role of education and training (particularly early education) in the integration of...

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  • Perspectives on the new European Research Area from the university sector

    Policy input

    3 Dec 2020

    The process to renew the European Research Area (ERA) is gathering pace and is set to continue in...

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  • Online event: Lifelong Learning Week 2020, 1 - 4 December

    Partners news

    12 Nov 2020

    The Lifelong Learning Platform is organising the 10th edition of the LLLWeek on 1 - 4 December in online format. This year's LLLWeek will be dedicated to “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”, with debates focusing on the role of civil society organisations working in education to...

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  • Researchers at Risk: Mapping Europe’s Response

    Report

    29 Oct 2020

    Granting refuge and academic freedom to scholars and students, who had to flee persecution and...

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  • Online workshop: Recognising Learning and Promoting Inclusion - conversations...

    Partners news

    20 Oct 2020

    The Refugee Education Initiatives 2 (REIs 2) consortium organises the online workshop “Recognising Learning and Promoting Inclusion: conversations on access to university in Europe for refugees and displaced people” on 30 October. The workshop is part of the EU-funded REIS2 project and it is...

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  • SAR virtual conference: Free to Think 2020: Responding to Attacks on Higher...

    Partners news

    15 Oct 2020

    EUA partner Scholars at Risk (SAR) organises “Free to Think 2020: Responding to Attacks on Higher Education” on 19 – 20 November 2020. The virtual conference marks SAR’s 20th anniversary and the release of the SAR's annual monitoring report, Free to Think 2020. The event will also feature the...

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  • GLEA online conference: Reconstructing education through a global lens, 2 – 6...

    Partners news

    14 Oct 2020

    Coventry University’s Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA) organises the online conference “Reconstructing education through a global lens” on 2 – 6 November 2020. The weeklong online event will showcase, discuss and share ideas on important issues related to...

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  • Hybrid event: InSPIREurope Outreach Workshop, 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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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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