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“The Role of Universities in the refugee crisis”: an event at the University of Barcelona

The event will present the results of inHERE’s first output as well as the content and planning of upcoming programming.

On the July 7, 2017, the University of Barcelona will host the multiplier event titled “The role of universities in the refugee crisis”, which will look at the developments of the inHERE project (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe). The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ramón y Cajal classroom of the University’s Historical Building.

The two-year project is concerned with providing opportunities for refugees to participate in the European Higher Education Area. To do this, inHERE strengthens knowledge sharing, peer-support and academic partnership in an attempt to facilitate access and integration of refugees in European Higher Education Institutions.

The multiplier event in Barcelona is framed within the second phase of the project, the Living Lab, which is led by the University of Barcelona. The Living Lab will bring together staff members from different universities in Europe to design, explore, experience, refine and assess practices and policies applicable to real-life scenarios for evaluating their current or potential action plans to facilitate the access of refugees to higher education.

The event on the 7th of July will present the inHERE project, the results of its first output (Good Practice Catalogue) and the content and planning of the second series of programming (Living Lab). Moreover, it will introduce replicable initiatives for the welcome of refugees held in universities in Spain. During the event, the panelists will discuss the most important elements regarding the access of refugees to higher education.

inHERE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED). In addition to the University of Barcelona and UNIMED, the partners of the project are the European Universities Association (EUA), La Sapienza University of Rome and Campus France. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an associate member.

Comunicació Fundació Solidaritat UB, Alba Conesa