Mobility of underrepresented student groups - recommendations and measures


Against the backdrop of an increasingly heterogeneous student body and, at the same time, rapidly changing demands on the part of the labour market, it is essential that all students - even those with limited mobility - are given the opportunity to have a mobility experience.


Recommendation 1

Broad spectrum of mobility formats - Curricular integration and further development



It is recommended that non-traditional and innovative forms of mobility be placed on an equal footing with traditional forms and be valued, and that international and culturally reflective learning and teaching thus be perceived as a necessity and obligation in the university's self-image. In doing so, the needs of underrepresented student groups must be taken into account. Adequate curricular options should be created for these groups, thus preventing a prolongation of studies or a significantly increased workload in subsequent semesters. The development and communication of good practice examples for different disciplines is suggested. In addition to the recommendations regarding >> innovative, non-traditional mobility formats, the recommendations presented below were also developed with a special focus on underrepresented student groups:

Recommendation 2

Optimisation of the data situation and the key figures with regard to underrepresented student groups


It is recommended to collect data on mobilities and factors promoting and hindering mobility in relation to underrepresented student groups and to undertake interpretation and analysis together with higher education institutions as needed. This should also include the systematic collection and distribution of good practice examples. The reception of statistical data on mobilities of underrepresented student groups (e.g. from the Student Social Survey) or the use of this data to develop concrete measures at higher education institutions should be supported by expertise and knowledge exchange. Human resources should be created at higher education institutions that enable these data to be interpreted accordingly and conclusions to be drawn that lead to the development of concrete measures. All measures taken in this context should be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Recommendation 3

Capacity and knowledge building and adequate communication for the mobility of underrepresented student groups


A knowledge-based capacity building and exchange of experiences of all involved university staff on the mobility of underrepresented student groups is recommended. Often no distinction was/is made between diverse groups and/or only individual solutions with little potential were found, on the basis of which it is not possible to develop generalisable processes.


In order to promote the examination of existing evidence, it is necessary to plan sufficient (human) resources within the universities. Knowledge about educational biographies and mobility affinities of underrepresented student groups supports the creation of institutional structures and communication processes as well as the development of measures that are suitable to promote and increase the mobility of these student groups.


Furthermore, a review of the lines of communication within the university, between universities and with employers, authorities and support/service institutions is recommended. This also applies to the design of corresponding processes and their integration into institutional quality management.ent.

Recommendation 4

Optimising financial and legal frameworks for underrepresented student groups


It is recommended that the current funding and incentive systems as well as the legal framework be reviewed and adapted with regard to the needs of underrepresented student groups. This applies in particular to the relatively higher mobility costs for these groups in general. Furthermore, it is suggested to ensure that information about this is accessible to diverse student groups in a target group-oriented manner.

As a basis for the formulation of the HMIS2030, the proposals for recommendations, including the respective measures, developed in the >>subject area groups of the >> HMS-Mobility forum, the participatory process for the further development of the HMS2016 into the HMIS2030, on the topic of "Mobility of underrepresented student groups" were bundled and processed thematically.  

They are documented here in this form as valuable results of the professional discussion process and reflect the views of the higher education experts represented in the thematic field groups.