Curriculum GUIDELINES - First Guideline
EMBRACE DIVERSITY, ACKNOWLEDGE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND CONVEY THE MESSAGE APPROPRIATELY.
CHAGAL students make a positive contribution to both university life and society in general. This is acknowledged by the mere fact that preparatory courses are set up for them. But that in itself is not enough. Preparatory institutions should actively disseminate this information widely.
There are many and valid reasons for supporting CHAGAL students seeking entry into higher education in European countries. The Bologna Process defines diversity as an important characteristic of European universities. Diversity is also defined by the number of international students at university among whom CHAGAL students are an important group. European societies can benefit from the contributions of CHAGAL students in economic, political, and cultural terms.
In a global context there is a growing responsibility of more developed countries towards less developed countries. By supporting CHAGAL students in taking part in higher education this responsibility can be taken on by the host countries.
- Preparatory institutions should have a specific policy to acknowledge CHAGAL students in their institutional profile.
- Preparatory institutions should organise special events (e.g. exhibitions, reading sessions, multicultural events involving former CHAGAL students) to showcase the positive contributions of these students.
- Preparatory institutions should promote intensive exchanges of ideas about the positive contributions of these students among representatives of the preparatory institution and its environment.
- Lobby for these students at the university and other institutions using publicity materials and references in speeches, etc.
- Universities admission policies should be transparent.