On 23 October 2018, the Flemish Union of Students (VVS) -represented by Serhat, Dylan and Lien- had a meeting with the Flemish Vice-Minister President and Minister of Education Hilde Crevits, to present their new policies for the upcoming year.
One of the key-propositions that they will be focusing on in 2019 is the diversity of students in the Flemish Higher Educational system.
‘We have expressed our concerns and the Flemish Minister of education was positively surprised of our proposition. She also committed to supporting our goal of improving the diversity and inclusivity of the Flemish educational system’ affirms one of the student representatives.
Diversity and inclusivity in higher education are items that gained more and more support of the members of VVS. The Students’ Union noticed students with disabilities, students from a lower social-economic background or from ethnic minorities are low in number in the Flemish Higher Education system. For that reason, VVS works internally and externally on finding good practices and solutions.
How you can support them?
In order to present specific solutions to their Minister of Education, VVS is requesting the help of European partners: NUS’s, groups of interest, organisations and researchers working on the topic:
Are you working around, doing research about or improving diversity in higher education? Have you planned or will you be starting a new project? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can work together on implementing best practices to improve the situation in our country and Europe.
[Picture by VVS: From left to right: Dylan Couck (Vice-President of VVS ), Lien Van Rechem, Minister of Education Hilde Crevits, Serhat Yildirim (President of VVS)]