Within the ERASMUS+ program, a group of European entities and universities are leading this project, that intend to continue advancing in the construction and visibility of universities that work for inclusion.
Background’s Main Facts
- One of the main obstacles in Europe to implement an inclusive education is the irregularity in the transition between educational stages, in particular to higher education.
- There is a disparity between the different Member States of the European Union regarding the implementation of universal strategies that facilitate the access of persons with disabilities to higher education. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) describes the European scenario as worrying emphasizing that “in various MS, many children and adults with disabilities do not have access to an inclusive and quality education”.
- The diagnosis of the situation of persons with disabilities in Europe indicates that the proportion of persons with disabilities who reach a tertiary level in the European Union (EU-28) is lower than that of persons without disabilities (15.5% compared to 25.0%).
- One of the eight priority areas of action in the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is Education and Training. Its aim is to promote inclusive education for students with disabilities, and to increase the number of students with disabilities who successfully enter and finish their studies.
- Students with disabilities continue to be a group minimally represented in mobility programs. These programs are essential to compete professionally in the face of current job demands in the countries of the European Union.
Objectives of the EUni4All-Network Project
- Encourage the inclusion of persons with disabilities in higher education through diagnosis and analysis of inclusive universities to be a reference for other universities.
- Create a network of inclusive universities to reduce the barriers for persons with disabilities to higher education, as well as to equate the strategies of universal accessibility for all.
- Promote the inclusion in the university community supporting both faculty and administrative staff in order to stimulate diversity.
- Promote the international mobility among the students with disabilities and raise awareness within the university community regarding accessibility and social inclusion of young persons with disabilities.
EUni4All-Network in figures
- Start date: November 1, 2019
- Ending Date: December 31, 2021
- Lenght: 26 months
- Ersamus+ Grant: 290.530,00
The project aims for four intelectual outputs:
Guide for Standards of University Students with Disabilities
This first intellectual output presents a self-assessment guide for universities to analyze to which extent they accomplish the standards of inclusion. Moreover, the report will serve as a guideline for universities to take measures that will enable them to progress on their way to become an inclusive university.
European Guide of Inclusive Universities
The European Guide of Inclusive Universities will be the result of a research study done in at least 56 universities throughout the European Union that analyzes to which extent they are applying the standards of inclusion. The main objective of this guide is to provide students with disabilities with a useful tool and quality information on European universities to improve decision-making concerning their studies and possible mobility.
Programme and Content of Training Courses
The training activities provided to faculty members and administrative staff from different EU countries are crucial to break down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities to access to higher education. These activities are addressed to faculty members and technical staff from the university.
EUni4All-Network project will provide a Web-accessible Platform of inclusive European universities. The main outcome achieved through the implementation of an accessible Web Platform is the increased dissemination of the European Guide of Inclusive Universities, which allows students with disabilities around the world to find information about the Europe’s universities that work for inclusion.
For more information about the project visite the EUni4all website.