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Higher Education & Human Rights

WUS Austria is committed to the promotion of the human right to education on the basis of academic freedom and university autonomy. We see higher education as a key factor for the socio-economic and political advancement of every society. Thus, ever since the foundation of WUS Austria, the incorporation of human rights into higher education has been one of our key activities. From the development of human rights curricula and conduction of human rights trainings to the establishment of Human Rights Centers at universities in Former Yugoslav Republics and the setting up a number of networking activities between them, WUS Austria has become an advocate of human rights education as a pillar of an academic environment based on mutual cooperation and academic freedom.

The Bologna Process and its Social Dimension offer new entry points for strengthening a human rights based approach to higher education: Member States to the Bologna Process have expressed their commitment for making quality higher education accessible to all. The student body entering, participating and completing higher education should reflect the diversity of the populations. This comes with a need for appropriate conditions for students so that they can access and complete their studies without obstacles related to their social and economic background. This is particularly true for persons from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups - such as groups with lower socio-economic background, immigrants and cultural minorities or students with a disability.

WUS Austria provides support and practical advice to interested partners and organisations for strengthening access to higher education for all – putting particular emphasis in underrepresented and marginalised groups.

 

Reclaiming Democracy – Guest Lecturing Series on Civil Society and Electoral Change in Central and Eastern Europe

The book publication “Reclaiming Democracy: Civil Society and Electoral Change in Central and Eastern Europe” was a joint project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and ERSTE Foundation.
The book is dedicated to the role of civil society in asserting democracy in post communist societies such as Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine described by key activists wich have been at the forefront of these changes.

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Human Rights Programme

WUS Austria initiated and supported the establishment of the Human Rights Center of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, placed at the Faculty of Law but serving the whole university. Through networking activities the center will be connected in number of programs of common interest, in particular in the fields of documentation, teaching and research.

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INCLUSION: Development and Implementation of Social Dimension Strategies in Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through Cross-regional Peer Learning

INCLUSION aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders on the field of higher education in Armenia and BiH in contributing to the implementation of the social dimension (SD) strategies through capitalizing on knowledge transfer and cross-regional cooperation.

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