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The Inclusive Higher Education Database consists of 47 examples and information about inclusive policies and practices in higher education institutions in Europe.

Use it together with the assessment, reflection and analysis tools (e.g. the Checklist, Canvas and SWOT-analysis template) in order to compare, reflect and analyze the challenges and opportunities identified in your institution or department.

Use it as a source of information and inspiration regarding good policies and practices of inclusive higher education, which may support you in drafting strategic goals for inclusion (using the Inclusive Higher Education Strategy Worksheet).

Access and browse the database or access and filter according to country or the challenges that your institution is facing with regard to inclusive policies, practices, or accessibility.

This project aims to enhance HE students’ employability and facilitate their labour market insertion in conditions of equal opportunities and non-discrimination. To do so, the project relies on professional guidance, internships, or innovative ICT solutions such as online practice communities to develop students’ practical skills and develop partnerships with the economic sector.

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Romania
Keywords: Financial support

The United Nations Refugee Agency and the University of Nicosia conclude a Memorandum of Understanding, to benefit refugees in Cyprus and elsewhere through their collaborative efforts and a strengthened cooperation. The agreement aims to commit the two institutions to joint activities in two key areas: to provide increased opportunities for refugees to access tertiary education and to equip the University’s students and next generation leaders with specialized knowledge in international refugee law and practice. The Memorandum of Understanding covers a wide range of areas, including a scholarship programme for refugees in Cyprus; distance learning opportunities for needy refugees elsewhere; promotion of international refugee law through regular lectures and workshops; UNHCR internship scheme for graduate students; and joint research studies in the areas of refugees and migration.

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Cyprus
Keywords: Financial support, Students support, Students with disabilities

Educational mobility program Erasmus+ offers the possibility to study abroad (European Union and EU applicant states, European Economic area) from 3 to 12 months and/or go on internship from 2 to 12 months. Selection of candidates is regulated by the HE institution. Scholarship is financed from HE institution and Latvia’s budget for every student. Also, students get extra support if they are deprived. In this program person with disability can have financial aid for such purposes: assisting person’s costs, rehabilitation, personnel costs, costs of special transport, extra devices or equipment, costs of learning materials and other reasonable expenses.

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Accessibility
Latvia
Keywords: Students support

Hugo.lv is a Latvian state administration language technology platform that is freely accessible to every resident of Latvia, there is also a free app. It provides automatic translation, speech recognition and speech synthesis, a translation assistant, a speech gadget, a translation gadget, a translations widget (that can be incorporated in your own webpage for easier translations), a speech module as well as a range of tools for supporting multilingual features in e-services such as virtual assistants on different state departments. Hugo.lv is customised to the Latvian language and state administration documents. Their web page promises that its translation quality is much higher than in other online translation services.

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Latvia
Keywords: Financial support, Students support, Students with disabilities

Based on changes in Cabinet of Ministers regulations No 942 (Order how to Assign and Finance Assistants Services in Municipality, Higher Education and College) HE students with functional disabilities who cannot move independently outside their home are entitled to the support of an assistant. To receive this support, students must have a ruling from the State Doctoral Commission of Health and Working Capacity Assessment certifying that they need assistance. The assistants help the students to go to and from the HE institution, in the learning process and with self-care. The support can be used up to 40 hours every week and only during the academic year. The state is covering all the costs.

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Latvia
Keywords: Students support, Students with disabilities

Possibility to use a sign language interpreter for people with a hearing disability. The interpreter can help up to 480 academic hours in an academic year and is paid by the state. Sign language interpreters are provided by the Latvian Association of Deaf. Although law dictates that students can use up to 480 hours of sign language interpreters, the amount what will be spent on this service from the state budget is set, therefore all demands cannot be satisfied immediately.

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Accessibility
Latvia