Crossing Borders: Diversity in Higher Education (Migration, Integration and Lifelong Learning)

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Introduction

Increased migration and international student mobility have resulted in greater diversity in higher education in Europe and elsewhere. Irrespective of whether the students are international students or from migrant families, what they have in common is that they have a different heritage and many of them have had to overcome more barriers than others to enter and complete their higher education in order to achieve the same aim: to be successful. As education achievement is closely linked to future economic and social success in life, diversity in higher education is crucial in broadening the base of student participation in terms of socio-economic background, race and ethnicity.

The conference will look at the positive aspects of migration; examine how institutions adapt and adjust in order to manage diversity; address the challenges for governments, institutions and industries in working together to promote integration through education; explore lifelong learning opportunities for adult learners; discuss the consequences of the internationalisation of higher education and the role of institutions towards their international students. The aims of the conference are: To provide a platform for policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to share good practice and successful models in diversity and integration. To disseminate the findings of the latest OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education on equity issues. To promote European and International cooperation and understanding on access and widening participation in higher education as a whole. To support those new to access and widening participation to form their own working groups and to discuss the issues in the language of their choice.

The aims of the conference are:

  • To provide a platform for policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to share good practice and successful models in diversity and integration.
  • To disseminate the findings of the latest OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education on equity issues.
  • To promote European and International cooperation and understanding on access and widening participation in higher education as a whole.
  • To support those new to access and widening participation to form their own working groups and to discuss the issues in the language of their choice.
 
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