World Access to HE Newsletter - 16th October 2020

World Access to HE Newsletter - 16th October 2020

World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) is a day of awareness raising that aims to bring global attention to inequality in access to higher education and to accelerate action.  Now in its third year, WAHED is organised by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).

We are excitedly counting down to World Access to Higher Education Day, which is taking place on 17th November 2020.

This year, WAHED will take the form of a global conference series based around 'Access and Success in the Post Pandemic world' and will feature a series of six continuous events, each led by an organisation active in promoting equity in higher education within their own continent.

We are pleased confirm WAHED regional co-ordinators for the Global Conference programme as below:

Asia - Asia-Europe Foundation

Australasia - Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia - EPHEA  & NCSEHE 

Europe - National Education Opportunities Network - NEON 

Latin America - The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean - IESALC

North America - Lumina Foundation

We are finalising agreement for the Africa leg of our Conference Series and an update on this will feature in next week's newsletter!

This year’s WAHED was launched in July at an event featuring input from a number of organisations actively committed to greater equity in higher education on a global basis.

Watch the recording of the 2020 launch event here >>






Host an event


If you would like to run an event for World Access to Higher Education Day taking place on 17th November 2020, please use the below link to complete a form to register your event so we know it's happening, can help people find it, and promote your successes.

Register your event >>

We've provided all the guidance you need to help you run an event at WAHED.  Running an event is just a few simple steps and there are very few limits on what you can do - we would love for there to be a diverse set of events on the day.

If you're in need of inspiration why not check out of some of our events from WAHED 2018 and WAHED 2019?





Submit a blog


In the run-up to the WAHED Global Summit, we will be sending regular newsletters discussing issues relating to Global Inequalities in Higher Education. Should you be interested in providing a blog for a future WAHED newlsetter, or wold like more information about getting involved with WAHED contact us now




Make a pledge of support for WAHED


As with previous iterations of WAHED, we are asking participants from around the globe to pledge their support in advance of 17th November.

Educational institutions can register to become supporting organisations.

This can take the form of a tweet, or a written pledge.  Further details of how colleagues can register as a supporter can be found on our website.

Registering is quickeasy, and has no cost, but makes a real difference to our campaign. All we need from you is permission to add your institution’s logo to our list. To register, please use the above form or contact us at [email protected]










The UN Refugee Agency, has launched a first-of-its kind platform providing verified information on higher education programs available to refugees worldwide.

Developed in response to needs expressed by refugee students, the UNHCR site intends to provide a global database of reliable, up-to-date information on refugee-eligible, scholarship programs both in their current countries of asylum and abroad.

Further details can be found here




NCSEHE announce a week of lightning talks by their 19/20 Equity Fellows


The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) have announced a week long programme of online lighting talks to take place between 26-30 October.

The NCSEHE supported 12 Equity Fellows to conduct targeted research projects, advancing student equity research, policy and practice. 

Read the full article >>




European Access Network are hosting a Two Day Conference


An online conference is prepared jointly by the European Access Network (EAN), AMU and Compostela Group of Universities (CGU).

The EAN encourages wider access to higher education for those who are currently under-represented, whether for reasons of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, age, disability, family background, vocational training, geographic location, or earlier educational disadvantage. The EAN is the only European-wide, non-governmental organisation for widening participation in higher education. 







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