Inclusive Excellence and Inclusive Universities (2021)


Welcome to the Inclusive Excellence and Inclusive Universities: How to Increase Academic Excellence through Diversity and Inclusion for Enhancing Social Inclusion in Higher Education conference! 

Day 1: Foundations and Examples

Opening ceremony (9th June 2021. 6:00-7:00 pm. CEST)

Welcome speech from the Leadership of the University of Pécs

Welcome speech from the Conference Co-chairs (Aranka Varga, PhD - Ferenc Arató, PhD)

General information from the Organizing Committee

Day 1: Foundations and Examples (10th June 2021.)

Each 45-minute-long segment of the conference is structured the same: a 5-minute introduction, a 20-minute presentation, a 20-minute discussion. Each segment is followed by a 15-minute break.

  • Chapter 1: Moving Towards New Territory: Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion (9:00 - 9:45 am. CEST)

Presenter: Rina M. Alluri - Henri-Michel Yéré (University of Innsbruck, Austria; University of Basel, Switzerland)

Moderator: Ferenc Arató (University of Pécs, Hungary)

  • Chapter 2: I fight therefore I am: Success factors of Roma university students from Serbia (10:00-10:45 am. CEST)

Presenter: Nataša Simić - Jelelna Vranješević (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Moderator: Judit Durst (Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Minority Studies,

Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence)

  • Chapter 3: Lights and Shadows of the Inclusion of" Invisible" Students in Spanish Universities (11:00 - 11:45 am. CEST)

Presenter: Teresa Padilla-Carmona - José González-Monteagudo - María A. Tenorio-Rodríguez (University of Sevilla, Spain)

Moderator: Ábel Bereményi (Central European University)

  • Chapter 4: Diversity in Action: The story of an Academic Art Workshop for Neurodiverse Students (12:00 - 12:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Adi Ne'eman - Ya'ara Hermelin Fine - Ma'ayan Shalev (Oranim College of Education, Israel)

Moderator: Renáta Dezső (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Lunch break (12:45 - 2:00 pm.)

  • Chapter 5: Social Inclusion in Higher Education: Cultural Diversity in Teachers' Curriculum through Direct Experience (2:00 - 2:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Marketa Sedlakova - David Košatka (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Moderator: Klára Kovács-Nagy (University of Debrecen)

  • Chapter 6: Roma Youth in Hungarian Higher Education (3:00 - 3:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Aranka Varga - Fanni Trendl (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Moderator: Andrea Óhidy (University of Education Freiburg, Germany)

  • Chapter 7: The Soaring Eagle Academy: The Inception of a Comprehensive Postsecondary Transition Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Southwest Florida (4:00 -4:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Clarisse Halpern - Hasan Aydin - Doug Carothers (Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida, USA)

Moderator: Krisztián Józsa (Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary)

  • Chapter 8: Fostering Inclusion Through Faculty Training and Development (5:00 - 5:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Annemarie Vaccaro (University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, United States)

Moderator: Anikó Fehérvári (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)

  • Chapter 9: Dublin City University, Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practice and Services (6:00 - 6:45 pm. CEST)

Presenter: Sandra Healy (Dublin City University, Ireland)

Moderator: Sára Bigazzi (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Day 2: Connections and Dialogue


10:00 am. CEST: Opening speech

Section 1: Experiencing Challenges (10:15-11:45 am. CEST)

Subsection 1.a: Exploring our students

  • Virág Mészáros: Background Factors of Students' Dropout in the Mirror of Inclusive Excellence (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Arina Khaliapina - Julia Prilepko: Risks and Prospects Related to the Implementation of Inclusive Education in the Regions of Russia during the COVID-19 Pandemic (North-Caucasus Federal University, Russia)
  • Kitti Vitéz: Foreign students at the University of Pécs (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Teresa Padilla-Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)

Subsection 1.b: Complex views of diversity

  • Krisztián Széll - Aranka Varga - Bálint Fodor: Status Report: Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pécs (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Renáta Anna Dezső - Ildikó Zank: Realisation of Inclusive Excellence via a Bachelor Programme in Pedagogy: "Intercultural Educational Assistant" at the University of Pécs (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Saleh Alrababah - Gyöngyvér Molnár: Assessing Complex Problem Solving in Jordanian Higher Education Context (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Marketa Sedlakova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Subsection 1.c: Understanding dynamics of diversity

  • Golaleh Makrooni: Experiences and Perceptions of First-Generation Migrant Family Students at Higher Education (Tampere University, Finland)
  • György Mészáros - Melinda Kovai - Cecília Kovai - Kinga Szokács: University Students' Social Positions and Professional Identities Reflected in a Socioanalysis Training (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
  • Andrea Hathazi: The Importance of Developing Cultural Competence in a Successful Inclusive Education (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)
  • Moderator: Rina Alluri (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Break (11:45 am. - 12.30 pm.)

Section 2: Inclusion that works (12:30 - 2:00 pm. CEST)

Subsection 2.a: Creating context

  • Andrea Óhidy: Dealing with Diversity in the Educational Practice - a Certificate Program at the University of Education, Freiburg (University of Education Freiburg, Germany)
  • Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira: Inclusiveness and Excellence in Salutogenic Models of Education (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Katalin Tihanyi: Good Practices in Diversity Education and Stepping Up against Bias-based Bullying in Schools (Háttér Society, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Jelelna Vranješević (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Subsection 2.b: Inter-connectedness

  • Inez Zsófia Koller: Establishing Collaborative Action: Examples from the College for Advance Studies on Social Inclusion (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Mária Flamich: Music for Inclusion - Inclusion for Music: Music in Disability Studies as an Alternative of Music Teacher Education (Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary)
  • Beatrix Bánkyné Perjés: Let's Dance for Inclusion - The Complex Program of the PTE Dancing University (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Adi Ne'eman (Oranim College of Education, Israel)

Break (2:00 - 2:30 pm.)

Section 3: Theories supporting inclusion (2:30 - 4:00 pm. CEST)

Subsection 3.a: Engaging horizons

  • Zsófia Bécsi: Inclusion Is Social Interest (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Orsolya Tárnok: Group-theoretical Foundations of Inclusive University (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
  • Ferenc Arató: Beyond Diversity - a Post-structural Approach to Inclusion (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Annemarie Vaccaro (University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, United States)

Subsection 3.b: Complexity narratives

  • Ágnes Sarolta Fazekas - Kata Dósa: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education: Best Practices to Maximize Learning for All (Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary)
  • Zsófia Tószegi - Csaba Magdali: Supporting Learner Variability: Advocacy for Linguistic and Neuro-Diversity in Practice (University of Pécs, Hungary)
  • Rita Hoffmann: Disability Narratives in Academic Discourses - New Aspects to Broaden the Spectrum of Teaching English for Specific Purposes (Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary)
  • Moderator: Clarisse Halper (Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida, USA)

Break (4:00 - 4:30 pm. CEST)

Sections' summary (4:30 - 5:30 pm. CEST)

Organizing Comittee

Co-chairs of the conference:

  • Aranka Varga, Ph.D. (University of Pécs)
  • Ferenc Arató, Ph.D. (University of Pécs)

Members of the Organizing Committee from the Inclusive University Program Office:

  • Renáta Anna Dezső, Ph.D., senior lecturer (University of Pécs)
  • Bálint Fodor, assistant lecturer (University of Pécs)
  • Katalin Vezdén, assistant lecturer (University of Pécs)
  • Kitti Vitéz, assistant lecturer (University of Pécs)
  • Zsófia Tószegi, Ph.D. student (University of Pécs)
  • Gergely Horváth, research assistant (University of Pécs)
  • Tamara Németh, research assistant (University of Pécs)