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Highlights from “Inclusive Excellence” – a Global Approach for European Higher Education?

On Wednesday, 11 May 2022, ACA and co-organisers VLUHR international, CZELO|DZS, DAAD, and HK-Dir, had the pleasure to host “Inclusive Excellence” - a Global Approach for European Higher Education? in Brussels and online. Thanks to contributions from 19 panellists with representation from the European Commission, stakeholder groups, HEIs, national funding agencies and students, we focused on the emerging concept of “inclusive excellence” in the context of the global dimension of the European Strategy for Universities and Erasmus + .    Some of the main takeaways:  "Inclusive excellence" is an evolving concept - it should entail a broadening of the 'research excellence' paradigm, to cover excellence in teaching, a better leverage of Europe's own internal diversity, and a socially just approach to cooperation. European higher education institutions should position Europe more as a partner on equal footing (than a leader) when collaborating globally, especially with the global south.   In a shifting geopolitical context, there is a growing need to reach out even more to countries that do not fully share the same European, or, universal values, instead of closing the door to collaboration. This may be challenging, but collaboration should be possible in specific areas of common interest and mutual benefit, particularly to tackle global challenges, that cannot be solved through isolation. Missed the seminar or want to rewatch one of the panels? Visit our event page to see recordings and pictures from the seminar, and subscribe to our Youtube channel!  #ACA_InclusiveExcellence Interested in more on this topic? Stay tuned in June, when ACA and its member organisations will publish a Reflection Paper to further elaborate on these ideas. ...

ACA Think Pieces

ACA Think Pieces: Digitalisation in International Higher Education

  Following the successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series in 2020 on the world after Covid-19 and in 2021 on inclusion in the context of higher education, ACA continues in 2022 by exploring the multi-faceted nature of digitalisation in the higher education sector. Throughout 2022, leading voices on the digitalisation of HE field will be sharing their reflections and exploring the multi-faceted nature of digitalisation in higher education institutions from an international cooperation perspective.   This month’s Think Piece – Digitalisation in International Higher Education - What are the challenges facing staff who teach? –  the second in this year’s series, is authored by Sharon Flynn, Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning, at the Irish Universities Association. Sharon begins by detailing the recent context of digital transformations for Irish universities throughout the pandemic, the related challenges and considerations for more adaptable approaches. Throughout the pandemic, Irish universities faced challenges that many other universities around the world could likely relate to, including burn out and exhaustion faced by staff and students alike. Sharon also points to the implications of students’ changing expectations as they now desire more flexible, blended learning opportunities. Institutions will need to consider more long-term support measures for academic and support staff in order to continually build digital competences. The article concludes with suggestions that institutional leaders and staff can consider for adaptable approaches to the digital transformation.  Read full article....

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