A new survey on equity, diversity and inclusion has been launched by the INVITED project (Strategies towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Universities).
The project is led by the European University Association (EUA) and the European Universities’ Continuing Education Network (EUCEN), supported by the European Students’ Union (ESU). The first milestone of INVITED is a survey to higher education institutions, open for responses until 15 February 2019. A pdf version for a preview is available. Responses can only be submitted using the online form.
The survey welcomes responses from both EHEA and non-EHEA countries. For the latter group, please indicate "Other" from the country drop-down and please specify your country in the text box that follows suit.
As our societies change and become more diverse, universities are asked to be more open and inclusive. 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 economic crisis, ongoing globalisation and accelerated labour market changes. At the same time, gender equality continues to be an issue in several areas. Also, universities need to find ways to enable participation of people from various backgrounds, including those that are traditionally less represented in higher education. Politically the topic is gaining importance with ministers reiterating their commitment at the 2018 Bologna Ministerial Conference in Paris to strengthen the social dimension of higher education and further national strategies.
Against the backdrop of these developments, the INVITED project aims at supporting universities in developing and implementing institutional level strategies towards equity, diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, it seeks to facilitate a dialogue between relevant stakeholders at system level with a view to ensuring appropriate regulatory and funding frameworks that enable universities to fulfil their social responsibility.
How to get involved
In the next couple of years, there will be a number of opportunities for university leaders, managers and practitioners to become involved in project activities such as the survey and follow-up interviews, European level peer learning seminars and system level policy dialogue events. The project outcomes should inspire them in their own work at institutional level and provide input at policy level to the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Rome in 2020.
Further information on the project is available via its webpage.