EURASHE is a partner in the InclusiPHE project on Inclusive Engagement of Non-Traditional Students in Professional Higher Education.

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The InclusiPHE project connects the social dimension of HE with another fundamental pillar of the EHEA – student engagement – and has as the main objective to contribute to creating a more inclusive environment at PHEIs, by creating sets of interventions aimed at increasing non-traditional student engagement in the life of their academic institution. To respond to the needs and challenges of wider society students need to obtain key competencies for active citizenship. These competences can be developed through student engagement in university governance and participation in decision-making processes at various levels, inclusive strategies by student-led organisations, inclusive curricula, participative working methods and partnerships between PHE providers, local communities and civil society organisations. Also, to maximise the retention and success of non-traditional students, an inclusive learning environment is central and research has demonstrated that student retention and success is improved through effective student engagement and sense of belonging.

InclusiPHE will focus specifically on PHEIs which typically attract a more diverse range of students with a higher proportion of non-traditional students compared to more classical higher education institutions. PHEIs tend to have a higher percentage of adult students, lifelong learners, parent students, students from a migrant background, students with a disability, etc. enrolled. At the same time, PHE curricula have specific characteristics that influence student engagement which is often overlooked in European and national higher education policy discussions, such as shorter times spent in the institution due to many students studying at shorter courses and considerable time spent on practical placements outside the institution. InclusiPHE will explore the complex engagement of different students in the life of their institutions. The project aims to improve policies, mechanisms and practices for inclusive engagement of all students regardless of their background and circumstances – to engage students in all aspects of teaching & learning learning journey, quality assurance and institutional decision making, within the life of the institution and student life in the wider sense and also enabling them to fully embrace the democratic values of HE in their interactions with wider society.

More concretely, the project will:

  • Analyse existing models and patterns within students’ engagement at PHE institutions.
  • Identify potential good practices and innovative ways for more inclusive engagement of PHE-specific student target groups.
  • Develop student-led strategies for creating more inclusive PHEIs and student organisations.
  • Develop a capacity-building toolkit and pilot for inclusive student engagement training.

The project will result in:

  • Increased information (quantitative and qualitative) on inclusive engagement of PHE students at European, national and institutional level.
  • Better understanding of the impact of more inclusive students’ engagement in the governance, internal QA and curriculum development of PHEIs and in the advancement of equality and inclusion.
  • Increased awareness of students, institutional leaders and policy makers on inclusive students’ engagement in the PHE sector and of the European vision and consensus on student engagement and social inclusion.
  • Enhanced support of PHEIs and student organisations in their efforts to increase participation of non-traditional and underrepresented groups within PHE institutional formal and informal systems of students’ engagement.
  • Provision of instruments, methods and tools PHE institutions and student organisations can apply to support the development of an inclusive student engagement culture within their institutions and organisations, showing how to integrate the concept of inclusive student engagement into their existing processes and quality managements systems.
Following are the partners of the project:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) - The Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg (DHBW) is the largest university in Baden-Wuerttemberg with currently 34,000 students, over 9,000 partner companies and over 160,000 alumni. It is the first higher education... Read more
  • European Students’ Union (ESU) - The European Students’ Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 47 National Unions of Students from 39 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social,... Read more
  • Institute for the Development of Education - The Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) is a non-governmental organisation that contributes to the development of higher education policy, provides expert support to institutions, connects domestic and international... Read more
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta) - The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from... Read more
  • Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST) - MCAST Mission Statement “To provide universally accessible vocational and professional education and training with an international dimension, responsive to the needs of the individual and the economy.” Established in 2001,... Read more
  • Mondragon University (MU) - Mondragon Unibertsitatea Mondragon University was created in 1997 by the association of three educational cooperatives, with the guarantee of an extensive career and experience in the world of education, which... Read more
  • University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) - University Colleges Leuven-Limburg is a university college with campuses in Leuven and Diest. In 2012, the university college has around 7,500 students and around 725 members of staff. You can... Read more