Poster
‘Diversity turn’ at Higher Education Institutions in Europe 27 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

Poster
‘Diversity turn’ at Higher Education Institutions in Europe 27 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 15:00 - 15:20

LOCATION : P38

ABSTRACT:
Based on increasing internationalization and diversity at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Europe there is a growing sensitivity for recognizing implicit group-based mechanisms of exclusion at universities. As a result universities realize that a structural transformation is necessary in order to include diversity and equal opportunities for all diversity groups on all levels. The current structural discrimination of diversity groups can only be overcome by a comprehensive structural reform of HEIs. Intercultural opening-up processes do require a transformation of institutional culture and a diversity strategy of proactive anti-discrimination. In the European context in the last ten years a broad discussion of how to integrate diversity in the structures of HEIs has started. The presentation will outline the main lines of discussion, the evolution of concepts, and the different strategies to include diversity in Higher Education Institutions. It will be argued that there is a synergy of diversity and internationalization to create an inclusive university free of discrimination. As a best practice example the process of integrating diversity into the structures of the University of Konstanz will be outlined. Finally, similarities and differences of the European and the Asian context of diversity in HEIs will be illustrated.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Get an overview of the European discussion on structural integration of diversity in HEIs. Learn about best practice examples. ­
  2. Understand and analyze implicit forms of discrimination of diversity groups in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). ­
  3. Learn how to develop structural approaches to integrate diversity in HEIs in order to overcome group-based mechanisms of exclusion at universities. ­
  4. Understand similarities and differences of the European and the Asian context of diversity in HEIs.

AUTHORS:

Dr Johannes Dingler
Director, International Office,
University of Konstanz,
Germany

Johannes Dingler studied political science in Germany, Canada and France and received his PhD at the University Berlin. He gained working experience in development and civil peace keeping projects in Kenya, Bosnia und East Timor. Since May 2017 he is director of the International Office of the University of Konstanz.