The 27th EAN Annual Conference

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Qualitative Accountability to Achieve Access, Success and Inclusion in Higher Education

What is necessary to hold each other more

responsible and accountable in creating inclusive

learning environments for all


Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 June 2018

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

In The Hague, city of Peace and Justice, The Netherlands


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Our program is diverse in many ways with inspiring keynote speakers and workshops, masterclasses, paper presentations and poster presentations in four strands:

1. Access and Success in higher education: from Intention to Impact
2. Inclusive pedagogy and global learning in diverse classrooms where locally diverse and international students engage successfully
3. How can Qualitative Accountability Make a Difference?
4. Students for Students initiatives


Conference Theme and Objectives

Key questions we will be looking at are:

  • What strategies can institutions implement to create transparency and accountability in access for all?

  • What type of leadership is needed on what level?

  • How are faculty members, professors, lecturers and instructors held accountable in creating inclusive learning environments for all students? What are the tensions and challenges faced in the classroom in order to (given all their responsibilities) ensure equitable access for all students, especially underserved students?

  • What are the students’ perspectives on access, retention and success? How are they being held accountable for achieving that?

  • What is the role of community members in involvement and engagement? How do we (educators) stimulate and facilitate these members in fulfilling their responsibilities?

  • How can policy makers develop more equitable access and retention strategies to influence institutions, classrooms and community members as a whole? How can we (educators) inform policy makers in their decision making strategies?

  • How do we recognize when someone has become a change agent and how do we become ourselves change agents?

  • How do we make our implementation sustainable and normalized?  How do we know when we are successful and what are the indicators for success in accountabiliy?

The Hague University of Applied Sciences looks forward to hosting the EAN conference and invites all stakeholders in the field of education to a fruitful day of sharing and exchanging knowledge. We welcome presentations and contributions about the power of accountability in our efforts to implement educational access, retention and success for all. We would like you to join us in thinking and learning about how we can progress to our next steps in the future. For more information about the conference and for your input about the program, send an email to

This conference would not be possible without the support of our partners, donors and volunteers.

We are grateful for the support of the Research Platform Connected Learning of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Municipality of The Hague and ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy.

If you have any questions concerning the conference please email Jolanda van der Toorn-Werges at

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now closed.

The European Access Network is happy to invite you to submit proposals for contributions to the 27th annual conference at THUAS in The Netherlands. The overall conference theme is ‘Qualitative Accountability to Achieve Access, Success and Inclusion in Higher Education. What is necessary to hold each other more responsible and accountable in creating inclusive learning environments for all’

Practitioners, researchers and policy makers are invited to submit proposals for masterclasses, paper/poster/project presenations and workshops.

Conference Programme


Download the conference programme here


Parallel Paper Sessions Schedule (including abstracts)


Meet the speakers


Wednesday June 6: Launching the theme

12.30 – 13.30

Registration at reception desk

Light lunch

13.30 – 14.15

Welcome & introduction theme

  • Wâtte Zijlstra, Master of Ceremony, THUAS

  • Welcome by EAN

  • Keynote Aminata Cairo, Lector at THUAS

14.15 – 15.00


Manos Antoninis

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO Paris

Setting the global context. GEM 2017/18 report: Accountability in Education. Meeting our Commitments

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.15

Parallel sessions (6)

  • workshops, papers, lectures

16.15 – 17.15

Panel Discussion

Qualitative Accountability to Achieve Access, Success and Inclusion in Higher Education.What is necessaryto hold each other more accountable in creating inclusive learning environments for all.

17.15 – 17.30

Gathering at the Meeting point to start the city-walk

17.30 – 18.30

City walk

18.30 – 20.30


  • Saskia Bruines, Alderperson for Education of the Municipality of The Hague

  • Welcome on behalf of the EAN

  • Opening poster exhibition

Thursday June 7: Deepening the theme

8.30 – 9.00

Registration, coffee and tea

9.00 – 9.45


Joris Voorhoeve

formal Minister of Defence & Lector International Peace, Justice & Safety THUAS. Future challenges: about migration in Europe and the role of education.

9.45 – 10.30

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Eva Egron-Polak Former Secretary General, Senior Fellow International Association of Universities, Paris

How can global learning in diverse classrooms enhance successful engagement of locally diverse and international students? 

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Parallel sessions

  • 45 minutes: workshops, papers, lectures

  • 90 minutes: masterclasses (part I)

12.30 – 13.30


Poster exhibition and music

13.30 – 15.00

Parallel sessions

  • 45 minutes: workshops, papers, lectures

  • 90 minutes: masterclasses (part II)

15.15 – 16.00

Maggie Woodrow Memorial Lecture

Susana Menéndez

Member of the Executive Board of THUAS

16.00 – 17.30


Saran Stewart

Senior Lecturer, Higher Education with Comparative Education in the School of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Inclusive pedagogy and global learning in diverse classrooms. What are the tensions and challenges faced in classrooms and what are opportunities to develop new pedagogies?

17.45 – 18.15

Annual General Meeting of the EAN (AGM)

19.00 – 21.30

Conference dinner at  Madurodam

Interview with Ewing Amadi Salumu (student THUAS. Ewing was nominated for the ECHO Award 2017)

Friday June 8: Getting the theme into practice

8.30 – 9.00

Coffee, tea

9.00 – 10.30


Examples of institutional strategies and programs to create successful pathways from pre university education to PhD

10.30 – 11.15


Panel of students from the Students-4-Students Campaign

Innovation in policy through collaboration of students and institutions to better respond to the needs of a diverse student population in higher education and increase retention and successful completion

11.15 – 12.00

Parallel session

45 minutes: workshops, papers, lectures

12.00 – 12.20

Coffee break

12.20 – 13.00

Plenary closing session

13.00 – 14.00


Poster exhibition


Download the programme by clicking here.

Download the parallel paper sessions schedule here. 

Meet the speakers


Conference Fees and Registration

Registrations are now open!

To register please follow this link.

Conference fees available here.


Practical Information


For a list of hotels in the centre of The Hague with discount for EAN conference delegates please click here.

Getting there

Directions to the conference venue can be found here.

Conference queries

Interested in this event? 

Please contact the conference team at The Hague:




The EAN Secretariat, European Access Network
Lawrence Building, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PJ, United Kingdom
Email: ,Tel: +44 (0) 20 8392 3857, Fax: +44 (0) 20 8392 3148