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Higher Education for Everyone

The composition of Dutch society is constantly changing. Society has become more diverse compared to decades ago. The same applies to higher education, where more and more international students and people with a migration background study and work. The population has also become more diverse in terms of religion and gender. This raises the question of how institutes for higher education account for this, in terms of recruitment & information, the curriculum, cultural and sports provision, study guidance and psychological support, etc. Answers to these questions sometimes evoke fierce social and political reactions. Think about influx of international students, gender-neutral toilets and decolonisation of the curriculum.


Client of this project is the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. You are asked to give advice about how the ministry could implement its principles inclusivity, diversity and equality in education which is high on the agenda at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: "Every Dutch person should be able to recognize themselves in teaching and study materials, exhibitions, media and archives. We want the supply in education, culture and science to be diverse, inclusive and equal. We also want us to speak respectfully and equally about differences."

Kick-off weekend

The kick-off weekend of this think tank will be in October (exact dates will be announced later).

Weekly meetings
After the kick-off, weekly meetings will take place on Thursday from 18.30-20.30.

Study trip
A study trip lasting up to three or four days is also part of this think tank. The dates and location will be determined in consultation with the group.

Prof. dr. Esther-Mirjam Sent