Sari la conținut

Developing programs of Access of Disadvantaged groups of People and Regions to Higher Education (DARE)

Type of the project:

DARE (Developing programs for Access of Disadvantaged groups of people and Regions to Higher Education) is a cross-regional project under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2, founded by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency („EACEA”) of the European Union.

Project title:

Developing programs of Access of Disadvantaged groups of People and Regions to Higher Education (DARE)

Project Coordinator:

Galit Caduri, University of Haifa, Israel

Project Coordinator for Romania: 

Assoc. Prof. PhD. Ovidiu Gavrilovici

Romanian Team Members:

Assoc. Prof. PhD Ovidiu Gavrilovici
Professor PhD Daniela-Tatiana Şoitu
Lecturer PhD Nicoleta Rogoz
Ligia Boca
Izabela Botez

Project Partners:

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Gordon Academic College of Education, Haifa, Israel
Sapir Academic College, Negev, Israel
Achva Academic College, Negev, Israel
Sokhumi State University, Tbilisi, Israel
Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Telavi, Georgia
Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi, Zugdidi, Georgia
Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
European Access Network (EAN)

Project date:


The grant reference number:


The contract budget:

26559 euro/per partner

The target groups

Higher education students from three vulnerable groups: women, ethnic minorities, with disabilities or with potential which live at peripheral areas in accordance with Bologna Process and United Nations criteria.
Teachers and researchers at universities interested in promoting the student support services (child care, occupational and clinical psychological services, learning and physical disability services and academic support).

The aims and the most relevant activities

The aims of the project are:
1. to promote inclusive education and responsive education in Georgia and Israel by widening access to higher education for potential and existing students from three vulnerable groups: women, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. It also addresses potential students which live at peripheral areas in accordance with Bologna Process and United Nations criteria. This will initiate the right of individuals with special needs to access education, to enjoy the right of participation in everyday society and to overcome discrimination against them in society by raising awareness and acceptance in society;
2. to raise the public awareness in access, equity and diversity and the principles of social dimension and social inclusion;
3. to facilitate transfer of best practice in access and widening participation;
4. to modernise governance, management and function of institutions;
5. to improve student retention rates and prepare them for the labour market.

Expected results

In practice, DARE project sets as concrete the following objectives:
To improve institutional capacities through the reinforcement and provision of support services at Georgia and Israel partner universities in four main areas: child care, clinical and occupational psychological, learning and physical disabilities, academic support with special equipment and revised recruitment and retention regulations.  This new services will be institutionalized (i.e. become part of the institutional structure and organizational charts) and will represent change drivers at the different partner HEIs. To achieve this, a mission in the field of inclusive education through recruitment and retention policy will be developed.
To train faculty members, professional and administrative staff on the use of the established or reinforced services for vulnerable target groups and to create a group of trained specialists at each Israel and Georgian HEI who will offer their services during and after the end of the project.
To outreach the three targeted groups by offering a support system via distance learning (ICT) with tutorials and selected course programs. The main objective henceforth is to facilitate accessibility to teaching and learning materials in electronic format for students with mobility problems. The idea that undermines this initiative is to bring the University to the students.
The project partnership brings together partners from earlier projects, but also new partners. We hope that this joint collaboration will create a powerful impact towards societal change.

Contact person

Assoc. Prof. PhD Ovidiu Gavrilovici –

Project website

Sari la conținut