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Inclusive Universities. Evidence from the Erasmus Program.
(open access) Applied Network Science (2021)
  • Luca De Benedictis
  • Silvia Leone
The Erasmus Program is the main international mobility program in Europe and worldwide. Since its launch in 1987, it has been growing both in terms of participants and budget devoted to its activities. However, despite the possibility to obtain additional funding, the participation of students with special needs in the program remains extremely low. This work quantifies the participation of these students to Erasmus and explores the network of universities involved in their mobility, along the period 2008–2013. In addition, it proposes a novel index to measure the level of inclusiveness of universities welcoming international students with disabilities. Quantifying and analyzing this aspect could be the basis for better designing targeted policies and for widening the participation of students with impairments to international mobility.
  • Erasmus,
  • Disability,
  • Special needs,
  • Gender bias,
  • Inclusiveness,
  • Social network analysis
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Luca De Benedictis and Silvia Leone. "Inclusive Universities. Evidence from the Erasmus Program." (open access) Applied Network Science Vol. 6 Iss. 83 (2021)
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