The president of the European Commission launched in June 2020 the Next Generation EU plan. Inclusion and the digital are part of this European engagement for the future. In the same time, universities and European Universities had to cope with a very original situation dued to the sanitary crisis. New capabilities were developed and a whole expertise in the field of digital inclusion was involved in the adaptation process. On the economical side, digital inclusion has been reflected as a key factor for human capital. 

Some of the European Universities work actively on inclusion as a major stake for their future. Given the present situation, they have now new inputs and are able to reflect on their future in terms of digital inclusion.

During its first Eweek, EUTOPIA has decided to organize a joint-conference on this subject in order to exchange with other European Universities and together to be able to propose solutions. European representatives and experts are also invited in order to enrich the debate. 

The three hours conference is organized in two parts: 

  • exchange of good practices
  • solutions for digital inclusion.

The conference is broadcasted on the youtube channel of EUTOPIA. 

Scene setting

Gudrun Stock
Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT European Commission – Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Dir G: Data – Unit G3: Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet

Web Accessibility Directive applied to Higher Education Institutions

Part one. Exchange of good practices

Petra Videmsek
Asst. Prof., Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, EUTOPIA WP 5 Inclusion Leader

EUTOPIA’s ambitions in the field of inclusion”

Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos

Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, EPICUR

EPICUR Procedures for Student Admissions & Steps Towards Gamified Virtual Mobility

Ramon Villanova
Vice-rector for university community project management, UPF, EUTOPIA

“The Digital Inclusion mechanismes at UPF: (pro) active and reactive programmes, plans and actions at UPF”

Petra Schaper-Rinkel,
Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Vice-rector for Digitalization at Graz University, member of the ARQUS steering committee

“Moving beyond digital inclusion: The role of universities in shaping Europe’s digital future”

Part two.   Problems ands olutions for digital inclusion

Tanja Oblak
Professor of communication and coordinator of a doctoral programme Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, EUTOPIA 

“Theoretical insight into the Digital Inclusion”

Joe Cullen
MA, PhD, Dip Psych, Director, Arcola Research LLP, Professional Partner, The Tavistock Institute

“Presentation of the Digital Inclusion Atlas”

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas
Assistant professor, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education, Institute for Disability and Social Participation, CHARM-EU WP6 Inclusiveness Leader 

“Mainstreaming inclusion in the digital environment”

 

Live streaming on EUTOPIA’s Youtube channel.