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HE4u2 - Higher Education for you too

Backround

  • Higher Education teachers are too often lacking in adequate intercultural skills.
  • Intercultural skills would enable HE teachers to understand and address the needs of learners with migrant backgrounds and to mobilise the experience of these students for the benefit of all students.
  • Non-academic staff in HE institutions connected to learners of migrant background (e.g. counsellors, advisors, administrators, etc.) also need these skills.

Aims

  • HE4u2 will contribute to the reform of teaching and learning in higher education and the improvement of the retention and attainment of migrants and ethnic minority students.
  • HE4u2 will develop an approach to the intercultural dimension of existing curricula, CPD courses for staff, and policy recommendations focusing on the curricula and the teachers of adults in HE, who often provide access for disadvantaged groups, are student-centred, have specialised support and are linked to regional agencies.

Objectives

  • Produce a meta-analysis of best practices from relevant research and tools across Europe and survey current learners from diverse backgrounds to obtain their views.
  • Design, test and finalise innovative pedagogy in 21 different curricula and elaborate guidelines for developing such curricula.
  • To create a set of guidelines for HE teachers and support staff across the system in English, French and German.
  • Design, test and finalise CPD courses incorporating ECTS, for HE teachers, in English, French and German, adaptable to other settings.
  • Produce a policy paper with recommendations for HEIs and national and European policy makers.

Outputs

  • Analysis of the desk research carried out in the initial project phase.
  • Repository of best practices and useful literature sources in the field of cultural diversity.
  • Analysis of the data collected from migrant and ethnic minority students through the project survey.
  • 21 reviewed curricula in different disciplines and at diverse HE levels that integrate intercultural support.
  • Guidelines for academics giving guidance to migrant and ethnic minorities and guidelines for non-academics giving support to academics.
  • CPD Course for HE staff working with migrant and ethnic minorities.

Project partners:

  • eucen – European University Continuing Education Network (BE)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (BE)
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth (IE)
  • Turun Yliopisto (FI)
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (GR)
  • Universidade do Porto (PT)
  • Universitaet Wien (AT)
  • Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (DE)

Timetable:

01 January 2016 - 31 December 2018

Financing:

Programme: ERASMUS+

Call of proposals: EACEA-33-2014

Key Action: Support for policy reform, Action: Forward looking cooperation projects

 

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