INCLUSION, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Diversity and inclusion in Australian universities: Issues and strategies
With growing internationalisation of the higher education sector, there is increasing diversity of students and staff in Australian universities. Diversity of students (in terms of gender and cultural groups) means varied needs for learning and support mechanisms. Likewise, diversity of staff have implications for staff capacity development in terms of gender equality and inclusive leadership. What are the challenges and opportunities relating to the diversity of students and staff in Australian universities? How is the diversity reflected in the university curriculum? What administrative policies and supporting mechanisms are in place in universities to deal with diversity and inclusion of staff and students. The objective of the paper is to examine the issues and strategies to deal with diversity and inclusion of students and staff in a few selected universities in Australia. The presentation will review plans and strategies of the selected universities with respect to diversity and inclusion. It will bring out some examples of innovative ideas for gender equity, cultural diversity and social inclusion. The paper will draw implications of the study for integrating diversity and inclusion strategies in universities in the Asia-Pacific region.
1. Understand student and staff diversity in selected Australian universities.
2. Review programs supportive of diverse needs of students (by gender, cultural groups, domestic/international students)
3. Examine staff development programs in universities for gender equality, cultural diversity and inclusive leadership.
4. Identify examples of innovative ideas to deal with student and staff diversity in Australian universities. Draw lessons from diversity and inclusion programs in Australia for other universities in the Asia Pacific region
A/Prof Bhishna Bajracharya
Assoc Prof of Urban Planning
Faculty of Society and Design
Dr Bhishna Bajracharya is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia. He has previously worked at Queensland University of Technology and Australian National University. He completed his PhD and MURP degrees from University of Hawaii and B Arch degree from Delhi University.