Multi-ethnicity in higher education

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UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education


The multi-ethnic and pluricultural nature of European societies, indeed of world society, is (or should be) reflected both in the composition of the student cohorts and the staffs of higher education institutions. This same reality should also, of course, be reflected in the curricula, for an important aim of higher education is or should be to sensitize students to the multi-ethnic and pluricultural nature of their societies. From an understanding of multi-ethnicity and pluriculturalism should evolve an appreciation for and the valuing of cultural richness. This report argues in favor of the globalization of higher education, a multi-facetted concept which involves the development of pluricultural attitudes in and approaches to education in the interests of international cooperation, tolerance, and peace.



diversity in higher education, ethnicity--higher education, social inclusion, multicultural education