Gaps in the Voice of Students & Young People

The inclusion of students and young people as equal contributors in the development of higher education policies and programs that affect their education outcomes, and in the governance of higher education institutions, is a relatively new concept in most countries.

While young people and students are an important source of creativity, innovation and motivation on campuses, too often their opinions and ideas are excluded in favor of a top-down process that fails to adequately reflect the needs and realities of those affected.

While some strong examples of student movement efforts to tackle access issues and move the access agenda forward exist as replicable models, particularly in Europe and parts of North America, in many countries lack the history, structure and encouragement for such developments.

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