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INCLUSION workshop for staff of HEI and government representatives in Yerevan, June 13-14, 2017

Yerevan. More than 30 professionals from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, UK and Austria participated in a workshop in Yerevan from June 13-14,2017 aimed at discussing and exploring key aspects for the design and implementation of Social Dimension strategies at universities and beyond.

The workshop was organised in the context of the Erasmus+ Project - Development and Implementation of Social Dimension Strategies in Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through Cross-regional Peer Learning/INCLUSION”. The meeting was held at the American University in Armenia (AUA).

During the workshop, results from the previous fact-finding phase were presented and discussed. Fact-finding tools which were applied included online surveys for university staff, students as well as a literature review. During sessions in small working groups, participants identified opportunities, challenges and possible measures to further strengthen access, participation and successful completion of higher education including for students from underrepresented groups.

The INCLUSION project is coordinated by the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (YSAFA) and aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders on the field of higher education in Armenia and BiH in contributing to the implementation of social dimension (SD) strategies. Principle outputs and outcomes of the project include guidelines on development and operationalization of SD strategies; institutional level master plans and mechanisms to implement SD strategies; capacity building of HEIs and respective government authorities for the operationalization of SD strategies; development of resources for inclusive teaching and learning as well as capacity building materials to raise awareness of high school pupils & teachers on equal access to higher education.