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Higher Education Symposium

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For young people from families without an advanced educational background or who are otherwise socially disadvantaged, the doors to higher education, and particularly to university education, appear mostly to be closed. And even, for those who dare to try, coping with their studies often becomes a directionless, strenuous effort due to a lack of role models and support within their environment. "Dropping-out" becomes a risk and so the self-replicating education system is strengthened further, leaving countless unappreciated talents to fall by the wayside.

What can higher education institutions do to work against this process and the accompanying increase in inequality in our society? By including experts, practitioners and those directly affected, we want to illuminate not only the question of access and choice in higher education, but also the supervision of students throughout their studies once they reach that stage. In an interactive setting, and together with the experts present, participants will develop fresh ideas and concrete project suggestions for the European and national education sector.

—> Key Learnings: Six Ways of Tackling Inequality in Higher Education (PDF)

Higher Education Symposium

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25.08.2015

14:30 - 16:30 International Exchange Meeting: Universities in Society Partner
17:00 - 20:00 Reception Social

26.08.2015

07:00 - 07:30 Opening Plenary
07:30 - 08:20 Higher Education – a Self-Replicating System? Plenary
08:50 - 10:00 A Chance for Undiscovered Talent Plenary
10:15 - 11:45 Lunch Reception Social
12:00 - 12:15 Removing Stumbling Blocks – Higher Education Innovators Introduce Themselves Plenary
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 20: Recognising Prior Knowledge of Graduates of Vocational Schools Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 12: mladiinfo.eu – Free Access to Information on Education Opportunities for All Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 14: LEAP – A Resource Centre for Employability in Romania Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 22: EUROSTUDENT – Online Database on the Social Dimension of Studying in Europe Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 03: IDEAS Project – Higher Education Equity Interventions that Work Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 23: University and Family – Not a Contradiction? Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 21: A Europe-Wide Voice for Access, Equity and Inclusion at Higher Education Institutions Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 15: University Pioneers – Assistance for First Generation Students Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 02: Easing of Starting University with AKMATH – Mathematics Refresher Course Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 19: Heterogeneity of Students – Effects on University Teaching Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 24: 100 Mentors for Berlin Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 05: Rock Your Life! – School Mentoring for Fair Educational Opportunities Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 25: Paving the Way for Disadvantaged Youth to Higher Education – Principles, Policies, Practises Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 16: Proactive University Engagement for “New” Students Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 09: Science Pool – Academia for Children and Young People Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 04: Arbeiterkind.de – The Initiative for (All Who Want to Be) the First in Their Families to Go to University Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 13: Studying without a High School Diploma – Blended Learning Support for the Qualification Exam at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 26: KUganda – Education Cooperation with Uganda Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 17: PhDs for Highly Qualified People with Disabilities Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 18: Value Studies – An Egalitarian Form of Liberal Education Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 01: Supporting Women through a Mentoring Programme for Future Talents Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 06: Women and Technical Studies – a Minority Programme?! Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 07: Online Self-Assessments (OSAs) for a Suitable University Course Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 11: Children’ s Universities – Universities within Reach Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 08: Fair Starting Conditions for Young Talents – the Role of Foundations Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 10: MuT – Mentoring and Training for Aspiring Women Professors Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 27: Higher Education on the Ground Breakout
12:15 - 13:45 Breakout Session 28: tun.starthilfe: Help Starting Out for Refugees Breakout
14:15 - 16:00 Ideas for Tackling InEquality in Higher Education Plenary
16:15 - 18:00 Reception Social
18:30 - 19:30 Special Lecture: What Is the Role of a Modern University in the Fight Against Inequality? Plenary
18:45 - 19:00 Closing remarks Plenary

27.08.2015

07:00 - 08:30 The Third Mission: Civic Role and Social Responsibility of Higher Education Partner
09:00 - 10:30 Commercial Academia? Higher Education Institutions between Responsibility and Transparency Partner

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