Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

2021.06.23

In August 2020, the Inclusive University conducted a research on the assessment of the diversity and inclusiveness of the University of Pécs under the supervision of the professional head, Dr. Aranka Híves-Varga. The research group itself (Dr. Aranka Híves-Varga, Kitti Vitéz, Bálint Fodor, István Orsós, Gergely Horváth) also shows great diversity, as it is an assembly of a university professor, PhD students, an MA student, and a student college member.

The study clarifies the concepts of inclusion and diversity based on domestic and international scientific literature. It highlights how diversity has become a significant factor in higher education, and explores the additional causes and consequences of university inclusion. The questionnaire research was aimed at the extent to which the diverse circle of students at the University of Pécs is involved in campus events and whether they are engaged in academic activity, focusing on those with social disadvantages. During the sampling, responses were received from all university faculties. A total of 809 students have contributed to the success of the research by completing the questionnaire. The results of the research show that major university events are characterized by diversity, and it also revealed that socially disadvantaged people are under-represented at these campus social events. The study highlighted the importance of smaller organizational units in the lives of university citizens and in the assessment of diversity: student colleges and other micro-communities are more able to address students individually, contributing to the development of an inclusive university environment.

The completed study was accepted by the journal Educatio, and is to be published in 2020/3. The research team presented the results of the study at an online workshop conference on September 3, 2020.