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ACA Think Pieces: Inclusion in International Higher Education: European Perspectives & Insights

Following 2020’s successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series on The World after COVID-19, exploring the consequences on the international higher education sector, ACA is launching a new series of reflections from thought leaders around Europe on the theme of inclusion in international higher education. 

Towards the end of every month between now and December 2021, the expert authors of the 2021 ACA “Think Pieces” series will provide brief, candid insights on breaking institutional taboos, practical examples of how to design inclusive institutional internationalisation strategies, how to identify and track data of underrepresented demographic groups, and to implement inclusive communication techniques, among other enriching observations. 

To assist colleagues in the international sector identify best practice resources to move towards nuanced solutions, ACA is delighted to spotlight leading voices of inclusion and internationalisation every month between now and the end of 2021.

This first introductory piece looks at the past and the present of the international higher education sector through the lens of inclusion.  This month the authors, John Delap (Senior Policy and Project Officer, Inclusion) and Irina Ferencz (Director), both of ACA, set the stage for the series by examining useful lessons our sector can draw from the institutional history of higher education in Europe.  This is followed by a broad overview of the current European policy landscape regarding higher education inclusion, with a particular focus on internationalisation initiatives.  

We look forward to learning alongside you from the expert contributors who will add their valuable and urgent perspectives on inclusion to this new “Think Piece” series!