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Closing the GAPS – the ‘GAPS Think Pieces’

We will be developing and articulating the global issues around access to post-secondary education via our ‘GAPS Think Pieces’ series. Closing the GAPS will feature different think-pieces from key figures in research, policy and practice.

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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 24
Equity in tertiary education:
Relevance and data availability across OECD countries

Gabriele Marconi
Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
To access Issue 24 please click here

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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 23
The distinctive contribution of non-formal education to engaging marginalized groups:
Some European perspectives on community lifelong learning 
centres

Paul Downes
Dublin City University, Ireland
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 22
Equity building blocks: Six tools for affordable access

Taya Louise Owens, Global Education Monitoring Report (UNESCO)
Michaela Martin, IIEP-UNESCO
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 21
Participatory Development in Education:
The Role of Local Communities in Closing Gender Gaps in Education
A Case Study of Egypt

Yasmin Ali Ibrahim
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 20
Towards a more inclusive international mobility across Europe

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 19
Building Confidence and Cultural Competences in First-Generation and Low-Income Students Abroad

Rosa Acevedo Villarreal and Joshua Milligan
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 18
Oppression and access to postsecondary education:
Caste-based exclusion in India

Rahul Sambaraju
University of Limerick, Ireland
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 17
A decolonial perspective on diversity

Sandew Hira
International Institute for Scientific Research, The Netherlands
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 16
Indigenous Higher Education – creating pathways to PhD study for Indigenous Australians

Ian Anderson and Hannah Reich
University of Melbourne, Australia
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 15
Global Education and Nontraditional Students: Developing Study Abroad Programs & Bridging Cultural Gaps

Amanda Eakins & Volkan Aktas
Idaho State University, USA
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 14
Elite vs. Mass Higher Education – A Reflection On the Purpose of Higher Education

Klemen Miklavič
International Expert on Education & Chief Analyst for the European Quality Assurance Agency
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 13
Gender, Misrecognition & Access to Postsecondary Education

Penny Jane Burke
Global Innovation Chair of Equity & Director of the Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education
University of Newcastle, Australia
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 12
Promoting Equity in Higher Education: The Measurement and Reporting of Disadvantaged in Australia

Paul Koshy
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Curtin University, Australia
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 11
Universities cannot solve all the problems in the world. But they should try.

Hannah Leichsenring
Senior Strategic Project Manager, University of Brighton
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 10
Competences for Democratic Culture

Sjur Bergan
Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 9
Education Development Unit (EDU) Commerce

June Pym
Director Education Development Unit (Commerce)
University of Cape Town, South Africa
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 8
Daring culture … as a lifelong learning process

François Carbon
Chargé de mission Culture University of Luxembourg
Member of the European Cultural Parliament
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 7
Closing the gap between secondary school and higher education
The story of a Mathematics and Science University Preparation Programme in South Africa

Anneke Müller
Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 6
The Racial and Ethnic Imperative for Realizing a Critical and Inclusive Pedagogy around the Globe

Frank Tuitt (University of Denver), Saran Stewart (University of the West Indies) and Chayla Haynes (University of Northern Colorado)
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 5
Building a global knowledge society through universal lifelong education

Patrick Blessinger
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) & St John’s University NY
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 4
Time for fresh methods in science communication

Kathan Kothari
Manthan Educational Programme Society
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 3
Children’s Universities and their Potential
with Regards to Access to Post-Secondary Education

Chris Gary
Vienna University Children’s Office, EUCU.NET General Secretary
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 2
Minority Serving Institutions: Why Consider a Designation?

Prof. Marybeth Gasman
University of Pennsylvania
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The GAPS Think Piece Issue 1
Promoting Post-Secondary and Higher Education Eco-Systems & Diversity to Ensure Access, Equity and Success
– Towards a New Global Framework –

Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifly Abdul Razak
President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
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