The 21st EAN Annual Conference University of Zagreb, Croatia 27th – 29th June 2012

Access to Higher Education: is it a right, a privilege or a necessity?
(Affordability, Quality, Equity & Diversity)

For centuries, universities and institutions of higher learning had been places where many of the rich and powerful acquired knowledge as a matter of course while the small number of very bright but poor or disadvantaged who could find their way there did it with considerable effort. That privilege was challenged and in 1948 the right to education was affirmed in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which further underlined that education is not only a human right, it is also a prerequisite for the development of society and the individual. Yet evidence has consistently shown that education remains a privilege rather than a right. Universities with a commitment to equity and diversity are still grappling with issues such as how to reconcile access and quality, and the impact on rankings; and in countries where higher education is not free, how to impose fees without reducing participation and diversity.

The ‘Europe 2020’ strategy aims to “improving the responsiveness of education and training systems to new demands and trends, in order to better meet the skills needs of the labour market and the social and cultural challenges of a globalised world.” This requires us not only to prepare students with skills and competences for the work place but also to equip them with values, attitudes, knowledge and confidence to be global citizens. By 2025 two-thirds of jobs will require some form of higher qualification, making access to higher education even more of a necessity than ever before.

How will we rise up to the challenge to achieve the goals?

At the conference delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss and play a role in promoting diversity and social inclusion: Programme & Papers
  • Choose to attend one of the two free training sessions:
  • Training Sessions Contribute to the International Student Forum
  • Further the development of the EAN World Congress Series on Access to Post-Secondary Education: Connecting the Unconnected
  • Be invited to the second Policy and Practice Interface Conference of the FP 7 “SiS Catalyst: - Children as Change Agents for Science and Society” project, on Tuesday 26 June:

    “Putting global thinking into action" The SiS PPI conference will be offered to EAN delegates free of charge. It will provide an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners and academic leaders to be curious and to explore the vision of SiS Catalyst and see how to include children (age 7-14) in the dialogue between society and the scientific and the academic communities.

    For more information, please click HERE.

Post-Conference: To unwind after the conference, join us on a grand day out to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Saturday 30 June. To book a place please click HERE.



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