Global access summit seeks to inspire change

Tackling inequalities in higher education worldwide is the focus of an event being held at the University.

The World Access to Higher Education Summit will bring together students, researchers and experts from more than eight countries. Delegates will hear a range of perspectives on widening access to education.

The conference takes place in the University’s Playfair Library from 24 to 27 November.

It coincides with World Access to Higher Education Day, which will see events taking place across the world to encourage action locally, nationally and globally.

High-profile speakers

The Commissioner for Fair Access Scotland, Sir Peter Scott, will deliver the event’s keynote speech.

The Vice Chancellor University of Rwanda, Professor Phil Cotton, will speak about navigating the challenges associated with accessing education.

Dr Aziz Amir from Afghanistan will take part in discussions about his University’s plans to enable more women to embark on training in healthcare. 

Inspirational programme

Highlights from the conference include a speech from Vibhu Sharma. The Edinburgh graduate was asked to leave her school in Delhi because of her disability. She is now a campaigner for young people with disabilities in the international charity Theirworld, which was established by Sarah and Gordon Brown.    

Vibhu will be joined by Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld and Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education .   

Johanna Holton, Programme Organiser of University’s Mastercard Scholarships, will discuss the initiative along with Mastercard student Andhira Kara.

Susie Burpee from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) will be in discussion with one an Edinburgh CSC Scholar, Jane Theuri

Encouraging action

World Access to Higher Educations Day is organised by National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), the UK’s professional organisation for widening access to high education,.

The inaugural event last year included it held 40 events in 15 countries with more than 4,000 participants.

We believe equal action is crucial to create a fair society and a better world. By bringing people together for this global summit, we hope to bring new perspectives on this important issue and inspire change.

Professor Liz GrantDirector of the University’s Global Health Academy

Related links

World Access to Higher Education Summit

World Access to Higher Educations Day

Find out more about Widening Access at the University