Since the post-World War II era, recent history has made the diversity of national populations very unique. Some countries have been open to migration from Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere for decades. Still, some regions have become available to the rest of the world just a few decades ago because of the Iron Curtain. Countries that have been open to migration and cultural diversity for a shorter period need to build both systems to support people's integration and familiarity with other cultural space rules in areas where no concessions are made, while more open countries have the systems set already. Such disciplines that require intercultural communication and knowledge in religions and cultures to unerring accuracy are medicine and education.  


Equal treatment as a principle and as a practice is often discussed in the context of minorities. The emphasize has been on integration of foreigners as well as providing more fair starting point to individuals who due to some characteristics fall under the category of a ‘vulnerable group’. However, equal treatment does not always assure either equality or equity. Furthermore, there are cases when equal treatment can cause more harm than good.

This winter school focuses on opportunities and difficulties in providing equality and equity in contemporary Europe. Interactive winter school contains keynote speeches, panel discussions between experts from ENLIGHT universities and participating students and group works were participants are solving real life problems. It especially focuses on:

  • How to assure equity and equality in medicine?
  • How to assure equity and equiality in education?
  • How the understanding of equality and equity have developed throughout the time?
  • How to change or create an organisations that not only values but practices equality and equity?

The design of the course follows the understanding that to understand challenging systems (for instance, climate, unequality), you have to learn about it from different perspectives. Only through thorough understanding, there is a hope to provide sustainable solutions for the problems it is facing. Therefore, students have the opportunity to learn different aspects of the problems related to equity and equality through case studies, experiences of practitioners and studies of researchers, and slowly try to create their own system without the problems we are facing today.


A 5-day winter school involves requiered and additional reading materials, preparative tasks, keynote speeches, panels, and group works. In the end of the course, each group will present their work. The organizer will provide certificates of attendance to all those who participate during the full program and 5/6 credit points (depending on your university system). Please contact your programme manager prior to registration to see whether the credits are transferable to your programme. Participants should sign up before October 10th. The participation is limited up to 50 students.