Higher Education in Asia – Moving Ahead

Equity, Inclusion and Pluralism in Higher Education: Lessons of Experience

Speaker: Professor Jamil SALMI  Diego Portales University, Global Tertiary Education

Chair: Professor Gerard POSTIGLIONE  The University of Hong Kong

Date: November 10, 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 16:00-17:15 (HK Time) By Zoom

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Considering the extensive social and private benefits that higher education generates, ensuring inclusive access and success is essential to achieve social justice and economic efficiency. With this premise in mind, the presentation will review current knowledge about equity promotion policies in higher education and what is known about the effectiveness of various policies, drawing from experience in various parts of the world. It will start with examining definitions of under-represented groups in higher education, which can be considered as “equity target groups”. After talking about the depth and scope of disparities across regions and countries, it will give a brief overview of studies focusing on the effectiveness of equity promotion policies, including both financial and non-monetary measures. It will also briefly touch upon the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on higher education from an equity perspective.

Bio of Speaker

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. In the past twenty-five years, Dr Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in more than 100 countries all over the world.

Dr Salmi is Emeritus Professor of higher education policy at Diego Portales University in Chile and Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Higher Education. He is also a member of the International Quality Assurance Advisory Group, Emeritus Advisor on the President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering, and chair of the Board of the Chilean EdTech startup u-planner.

He holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in development studies from the University of Sussex.