Inaugural Workshop on Equity and Access 2014

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The University of Chile hosted the inaugural APRU Experts' Workshop on Equity and Access in Higher Education 2014 from April 9 to 11.  Workshop outcomes included the establishment of an Asia-Pacific network of major research universities in the area of equity and access to address specific equity issues in higher education and provide an APRU platform for engagement with government, business, public policy and international organizations.  

Case studies from Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines and USA were presented at the workshop based on the following topics:

- Issues of access to research universities by students from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups;

- Responsibilities of public and private institutions for equity and access in national higher education systems; and

- Effective policies, partnerships, pathways, funding models and programs for enhancing access and equity for lower socio-economic and under-represented groups.

An APRU consensus statement on equity and access was conceived by the Australian National University, University of Auckland, University of Chile, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hong Kong, University of Malaya, UNSW Australia, University of the Philippines, Zhejiang University.

Equity and access indicators and a map of programs and resources at member institutions can be found at:
i.   Dimensions of Equity 
ii.  Equity and Inclusion Programs in Higher Education

APRU Equity and Access in Higher Education Concept Note

Workshop Program Schedule

Conference website:

A full report of the workshop is available here (PDF download).

List of available presentations

Opening Session: Address by APRU Secretary General, Dr Christopher Tremewan


An Equity Cycle approach to meeting our responsibilities in higher education
Dr Trudie McNaughton, Pro Vice Chancellor, Equity, The University of Auckland

Widening participation: the story at the ANU
Dr Tania Willis, Director, Student Equity, Australian National University

Session I:

Strengthening equity and inclusion at Universidad de Chile  
Professor Rosa Deves, Provost, University of Chile

The UNSW ASPIRE program
Dr Ann Jardine, Director of Student Equity and Disabilities Unit, UNSW Australia

Public and private institutions: the role of the University in meeting social responsibilities in national higher education
Professor Dr Mohd Hamdi Shukor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), University of Malaya

Access and equity in higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds: a case study of China 
Professor Yue Kan, College of Education, Zhejiang University

Session II:

Social responsibility competencies framework
Dr Carmen Gloria Bravo, Director of Student Affairs, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Chile

Dealing with equity and other social obligations in the U.P. system
Dr Aurora Mendoza, Professor of Psychology and Incoming Director, Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines

Case study: Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong
Professor John Spinks, Senior Advisor to Vice-Chancellor, University of Hong Kong

Session III:

Optimising Māori and Pasifika Academic Achievement (OMAA & OMPAA): Meta-cognition as revolution to uplift student mana and aspirations toward programme completion
Dr Lorri Santamaria, Associate Dean Postgraduate, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Online Learning Academy
Dr Francisco Hernandez, Vice Chancellor for Students, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The contributions of private higher education towards the improvement of educational equity in Mainland China
Professor Wu Hua, Center on Private Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Zhejiang University