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This chapter aims to explore the benefits of distance learning in bridging cultural differences, opening universities to people with disabilities, and making higher education inclusive. The chapter reveals a significant contribution of distance learning to the inclusiveness of universities. Distance learning creates advantages (compared to traditional learning) to achieve all manifestations of inclusiveness in higher education and universities. The theoretical significance of the research results is that they quantified the extent to which the potential of distance learning to increase the inclusiveness of universities is realized in practice and showed that special management measures are needed to unlock this potential fully. The chapter’s contribution to the literature is that it uncovered the social aspects of distance learning and that its significant contribution to the inclusiveness of universities and higher education is unknown. The practical significance of the research results is that the experience of leading universities from developed countries discussed in this chapter will be useful for other universities, including those in developing countries. The social significance is that the development of distance learning will increase the overall inclusiveness of higher education globally and contribute to the systemic implementation of SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 8, and SDG 10.

In: Social Mobility, Social Inequality, and the Role of Higher Education
The book explores the role of higher education in increasing social mobility and reducing social inequality in today’s world. The first part examines the cultural openness of the knowledge society and its contribution to reducing social inequalities. The second part examines inclusive higher education in support of social mobility. The third part reveals digital technologies in higher education and their significance for the growth of social mobility. The fourth part discusses the best international practices and offers recommendations for educational management in support of reducing social inequalities.
In: Social Mobility, Social Inequality, and the Role of Higher Education