ECIO congress 2021 | Make inclusion a priority!

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31 July 2021 22:03 - 22:03

Inclusive education includes the entire study process: from choice of study to a suitable job on the labour market. It covers all aspects of education and requires involvement and responsibility at different levels within the educational institution. Since the UN Convention has been in force in the Netherlands, every educational institution has been working on this. And with the coronavirus, inclusive education is more urgent than ever before. Many good initiatives have been launched. Now the priority is to get on with it! This is the focus of the biennial ECIO congress that will take place on 8 February 2021.

Going forward and ensuring inclusive education

ECIO strives for inclusive education, with accessibility and diversity as the norm. In this way, all students can optimally study at an educational institution of their choice and move on to a job that suits them. We focus on future-proof education that moves along with further digitisation and flexibilisation, and in which the student’s needs are central. With this conference, we focus on good ideas and educational practices that we can build on and make it more sustainable within higher education.

The programme of the ECIO congress

We start plenary with inspiring guest speakers, both professionals and students. We will discuss the long-term strategy for inclusive education and current events.Students with a support request who have a top idea or have started an initiative to make their college or university more inclusive, could participate in the ECIO Frank Award election until 1 November 2020. The Dutch minister of education Ingrid van Engelshoven presents the ECIO Frank Award 2020 to the winners of this election. In the afternoon, the following inclusion themes will be discussed during two subsessions. They will focus on vision and policy making, creating support, commitment, concrete inclusion approaches and good practices.


  • Support through customisation
  • Ensuring social commitment
  • Making education digitally accessible
  • Building inclusive education
  • Soft landing on the labour market
  • Inclusive international study
  • Showing and hearing experiences

We offer three sessions in English. You can find the information about these sessions in English on our Dutch congress page (see ‘Workshops ronde 1’ en ‘Workshops ronde 2’).

Be inspired to more inclusive education!

With the different parts of the programme we want to connect and inspire the participants and promote cooperation. Participation in the congress will provide you with concrete tools to keep inclusion on the agenda and give priority within your educational institution, so that students with a support question can study successfully.

Target groups

The congress is for student deans, student advisors, study career counselors, teachers, policy officers and students with a support request from universities and colleges of higher education.

Cost of participation

The cost for participation is €50,- per registration. Students can participate for free.