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GUDIN - Global University Disability & Inclusion Network
CO-ELABORATION EVENT for the creation of the Global University Disability & Inclusion Network - 8TH OF APRIL 2019 / 14:00 HRS / 18:30 HRS CONSEIL REGIONAL D'ÎLE

About the Gudin

Globally, Business has a wish to be more inclusive towards people with disabilities but a shortage of skilled and qualified candidates is an ongoing problem.  This issue exists because of the lack of quality, inclusive, high education programs for persons with disabilities; rarely can programs be found which enable access to professionalizing high education, specifically because institutions and universities find it difficult to be inclusive enough.
This is a problem which is universal, and not limited by political or economic restrictions, it is a problem present in both developed and developing countries.
Higher education is a chance for a better life and should be a right for all; let us make it inclusive !

Why Institutes should join the GUDIN?


  • To improve their capacity to accommodate and value ALL students, no matter the level of the their ability
  • To join an international community of practices
  • To be supported by experts in the sector of inclusive education, disability and accessibility
  • To produce, share and have access to essential resources and tools
  • To learn from the experience of other institutions
  • To receive technical support for proposal writing and inclusive project management
  • To increase their international network

Please note that the official language of the GUDIN is English

 Diagram showing the close connection between Universities and users/students, local authorities and business companies

What activities would the GUDIN carry out?

Develop the inclusive capacity of members

  • Facilitate regular interactions and meetings between members
  • Facilitate production and sharing of common resources, methods and tools
  • Initiate and promote research on inclusion and accessibility related topics
  • Support in the research of funds for inclusive projects
  • Create a platform for sharing good practices
  • Provide training support to teachers
  • Develop a global network of expertise

Promote and increase the attractiveness of inclusive members

  • Write and sign a charter of commitment
  • Facilitate coordination mechanisms with relevant actors
  • Create an ‘inclusion label’
  • Collect data and monitor the impact of the network
  • Provide visibility to inclusion commitments and capacity of members

Program of the event

April 8th 2019: HI is organizing an event to gather as many international higher education institutes as possible, with the objective to support the first steps of the participatory construction of the Global University Disability & Inclusion Network – GUDIN.

(Within the International Summit for the Skills and Employment of People with Disabilities, Paris, 9 April 2019)

• Testimonies from inclusive universities
• Discussion and co-elaboration time (mission, needs, objectives of the GUDIN)
• Signature of the GUDIN commitment statement
• Nomination of the leading institute(s) for the GUDIN
• Definition of steps forward

 The participation to this half-day event is free (upon inscription and acceptance by the organizers). 

A participatory time to elaborate the general principles of the network

HI will facilitate the discussion about the GUDIN network, but the network’s objectives and mission will be discussed during the presentation of the initiative on April the 8th.

We will discuss :

Why such a network is essential
Mission and objectives of the GUDIN
Main expectations and needs of potential members
Sustainability and management of the GUDIN...
Steps forward

Geographical distribution of institutes invited to the GUDIN event :
Afghanistan ; Australia ;Bangladesh ; Bolivia ; Burkina Faso ; Cambodia ; Canada ; China ; Egypt ; Ethiopia ; France ; Guam (USA/Micronesia) ; India ; Ireland ; Laos ; Lebanon ; Madagascar ; Maroc ; Mexico ; Morocco ; Mozambique ; Palestine (Gaza) ; Palestine-WB ; Rwanda ; Senegal ; Serbia ; Sierra Leone ; Singapore ; Switzerland ; UK ; USA.

 Selected participants will be asked to fill a questinnaire and share it with the organizers before the event  


Inscription to the event

You wish to participate to the GUDIN’s co-elaboration event, or you wish to be informed on the steps forward? Please fill in this form!


No individual attendees are eligible to participate. The pre-inscription is open to representatives of high education institutions, universities, academic consortia, etc. organizations, associations of persons with disabilities, etc.

Please note that the participation to the launch event is free (upon inscription and acceptance by the organizers) and fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

All the expenses connected to the participation to the event (travel, accommodation, VISA, etc.) are in charge of the attendees.

The official language of the GUDIN is English (no translations in other languages will be available during the event).

Practical information

8th of April 2019, 1:00pm - 6:00pm (CET)

Hémicycle ‘Simone Veil’, Conseil Régional d’Ile de France
57 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris , France

Website of Hémicycle du Conseil Régional   |  Metro map

FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION the link to the online video conference tool will be sent to all selected participants


For all accessibility questions concerning the workshop’s venue
please contact Erika Trabucco : gudin@resources.hi.org

Travel and disability
how to get to Paris

Paris accessible
public transportation

Paris, practical informations for
visitors with disabilities

Keynote speakers

Event supported by

Logo Handicap International / Humanity and inclusion
Logo Unesco
Logo Under the high patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Logo Île De France