Central European University organized a three-day workshop for members of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences on the subject of inclusion. The very first event was a roundtable discussion held at the CEU campus in Vienna. Panel participants were Katalin Karsai from the Hertie School, Sebastien Huber from the European University Institute and Maria Keplinger from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. The panel was moderated by Flora Laszlo, CEU's Director of Community Engagement.
The aim of the discussion was to address how different entities in higher education and government were generally dealing with the topic of inclusion and diversity within the educational faculty as well as among students. Inclusion in higher education is universally defined as the persistent and developmental process to improve education systems worldwide in order to meet everyone’s needs, particularly concentrating on people coming from marginalized groups.
Within the framework of the three-day workshop, there was a whole host of programs highlighting different aspects on the topic of inclusion. Maxime Forest and Violette Toye from Sciences Po PRESAGE facilitated the debate on the second day of the workshop on “Gender Equality and Inclusion in Higher Education”. While on the third and last day, CEU and London School of Economics and Political Science experts, Natalia Nyikes and Helen Rosemont, led a roundtable discussion on “Inclusion of Disabled Students”.
All eight university members of CIVICA had representatives present who actively contributed to the various conversations and discussions where they had the opportunity to exchange thoughts and experiences, as well as to coordinate benchmarks they deem achievable in the near future. This was one of the first in-person events to be organized since the pandemic pushed everything online and in this aspect was a sigh of relief to all participants as a sign of a return to normalcy.
CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences is an alliance of eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), the European University Institute (Intergovernmental), the Hertie School (Germany), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom). One of the goals of the CIVICA alliance is to create an integrated space for early-stage researchers in the social sciences.