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ASEFEdu Contributing to the World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED)

ASEF Education Policy Conference Series 2018


Opportunities and success in higher education are too often related to the socio-economic background of a student. Acquiring the appropriate credentials to enter a University often remains to be subject to the financial situation of a student (OECD, 2018), and in over 90% of countries in the world we have evidence of inequalities in participation in higher education by social background (University World News, 2018).

ASEFedu primarily focuses on the topic of access to education and youth employment, through facilitating and encouraging activities and actions in the field of HE. In line with this mission ASEFEdu partnered with the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the UK the establish an annual World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED).

WAHED is aspiring to grow to a global movement, modelled on other international commemoration days. For the past 18 months WAHED has been greatly discussed in several forums such as the 2016 and 2017 British Council Going Global Conference reaching over 100 organisations from across the world. The first action on this path is to organise a kick-off conference on 28 November 2018 at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, with a strong focus on raising global awareness around inequalities in access and success in HE. ASEFedu’s partnership with NEON is realised through the organisation of a break out session titled “Challenges and pathways to access in higher education in Asia”. The session is exploring how higher education is growing in certain Asian countries and how leading universities are coping with students from unusual backgrounds. Ultimately, the session aims to identify similarities and discover differences between Asian and European good practices and inspire collaborative solutions.

WAHED welcomes institutions and organisations to engage in awareness raising events on 28th November 2018 and therewith contribute to the mission. Additionally, scientific contributions are welcomed, and students are invited to raise their voices by sharing their stories on the matter. Are you doing work addressing access and diversity in HE?

Do not hesitate to visit the official website for more information and contributions.