EquNet Final Seminar in equity in Higher Education

The seminar “Equity in European Higher Education: State of the research, problems, ideas and perspectives” was organised by the MENON network in the frame of the EquNet project, with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

The Seminar aimed to aggregate the main European networks and organisations active in the higher education field and in equity-related activities, to discuss the issue of equity in higher education in Europe. The theme is highly relevant since widening participation in higher education is a major component of the educational policy in many member states of the European Union and of the Bologna-Process and should consist of an attempt to increase not only the number of young people entering higher education, but also the proportion of “under-represented groups” (e.g. people from lower socioeconomic strata, ethnic minorities or people with disabilities). At the same time, social inclusion is important to HE as still too many capable students are excluded from the higher education system due to their background, insufficient study support systems or other barriers.

The Workshop represented a genuine dialogue moment between Higher Education and social inclusion stakeholders, and reached a number of important objectives. First, it contributed, starting from the results of the EquNet research and of similar exercises, to refining the understanding of what would be needed in terms of EU and national policies in the field of Higher Education. Second, it fostered the exchange of research findings, working practices and ideas among relevant stakeholders and communities, in particular facilitating contact between the academic and the civil society communities. Third, it represented a step towards the materialisation of the idea of an HE equity indicator, as a way to actually “measure” equity in European higher education.

More info at www.equnet.info.

The first MENON Policy Brief is out, focusing on human and social capital reform in Greece

The MENON Policy brief n. 1 was published.

Titled Human and Social Capital development policies: a growth priority for Europe, the brief gives the view of by Dr Nikitas Kastis, MENON President on possible ways to reform the education and training systems in Europe focussing on the case of Greece, a European society under crisis.

Download the policy paper

Bridge-IT project results available

Bridge-IT aims has been working for two years om:

Raising awareness among relevant stakeholders on the potential of ICT for social integration and cultural diversity, but also on the need to develop projects in this field targeting immigrants or organizations who deal with immigrants on a daily basis
Facilitating the encounter and better understanding among the key players of the value chain be at a national or European level.
Providing key players with a better vision and first tools on how to improve / deploy at a larger scale their own activities, or on how to duplicate initiatives coming from other countries.
Promoting the development of better and more accessible ICT solutions, services, contents that can contribute to the social integration of immigrants and to cultural diversity in Europe.
Developing policy recommendations based on the several output

The BRIDGE-IT results are published:
– Booklet on Good practices
– Guidelines
– National Scenarios
– Final conference outputs.

More at http://www.bridge-it-net.eu

New MENON publication: APL and lifelong learning

A new publication on accreditation of prior learning and lifelong learning, discussing the Portuguese “Novas Oportunidades” Initiative from a scalability and Uropeaperspecive, was launched today. The publication, edited by prof. Roberto Carneiro and con-published by MENON, UNESCO-UIL and CEPCEP, will be presented and debated during an international seminal in Brussels on the 15th of November 2011.

The publication can be downloaded here (21MB).