BACKGROUND

The ASEF Capacity Building Training on Equitable Access to Higher Education builds on the ideas and policy recommendations developed during the 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC7) in Bucharest, Romania, from 11-15 May 2019. The policy recommendations developed both by the rectors and the students underlined the need to ensure equitable access to higher education (HE). The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), and The University of Edinburgh are taking action and organising a capacity building training for university managers on this matter. The Capacity Building Training is organised in conjunction with World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) 2019, taking place on 26 November 2019 at the University of Edinburgh.

THE AIM OF THE ASEF CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING?

The overall aim of the training is to equip managers in higher education institutions in Europe and Asia to be able to advance equitable access & success in their institutions. The training is designed to:

  • Increase participants’ understanding of the evidence and theory where access, success and participation in HE are concerned and get familiar with global institutional practice in these fields;
  • Assist participants to develop action plans which they can implement in their home institution to improve access and success in HE for disadvantaged groups;
  • Build an Asia-Europe community of managers and practitioners who can achieve a step change in equitable access to HE by 2030.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Citizens of any of the 51 ASEM partner countries
  • Strong command of English (written and verbal)
  • Managers in higher education institutions in charge of inclusion, equity or admission policies (employees of higher education institutions)

TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS

Online preparatory phase 

It is designed as a self-learning programme so that participants can advance according to their own time and interest. It will include readings and online resources; possibility to produce knowledge and get published; opportunity to contribute to the World Access to Higher Education Day 2019.

Onsite phase | 4 days in Edinburgh

A 4-day long face-to-face capacity building training, including participation at the World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) in Edinburgh. For more details see the Overview.

Online follow-up phase 

The ASEF Capacity Building Training aims to establish a cohort of HE managers who can be at the forefront of making higher education more equitable. Participants will complete the training with a key combination of practical solutions they can implement in their institutions and new networks which can strengthen their equity work.

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS GET OUT OF IT? 

Participants will complete the training with a key combination of practical solutions they can implement in their institutions and new networks which can strengthen their equity work. The learning outcomes will include:

  • An enhanced understanding of global practice in equitable access and success work: The programme will help participants to understand the evidence and theory where access, success and participation in HE is concerned. They will learn how HE institutions have effectively addressed challenges in the field of equitable access and success in HE.
  • Developing the skills and knowledge to change the access and success landscape in their institution: Participants will develop their own action plans, which they can implement in their home institution to improve access and success in HE for disadvantaged groups.
  • Becoming part of a professional supporting network: The training will provide opportunity for interaction with the participants of the World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED), therefore, we fully expect new bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships to emerge. The organisers will look to maintain relationships between participants. The outcomes that we are all aiming for in terms of equitable access and success will only happen by continued engagement and building on what this first capacity building training will achieve.

WHEN & WHERE?

24-27 November 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
In conjunction with World Access to Higher Education Day 2019 on 26 November 2019

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Deadline: 16 September 2019, 10:00 GMT
Results of Selection: By end of September 2019
Online Preparation Phase: 1 October – 15 November 2019
Capacity Building Training: 24-27 November 2019

COSTS

No registration or participation fee for selected participants. ASEF offers scholarships to cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs. Meals are provided as indicated in the programme.

ACCESSIBILITY

The ASEF Capacity Building Training is accessible to all participants.The organisers do not discriminate any applicant or participant on the basis of his or her race, national origin (ancestry), colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion (creed), marital status, or age.

READY TO APPLY?

Submit the online application form by Monday, 16 September 2019, 10:00 GMT.

APPLY NOW!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Have a look at the Overview, Programme and FAQ.
Should you have any further questions, please e-mail us at arc@asef.org.

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