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inHERE project launches a catalogue of good practices in welcoming refugees in higher education

Reposted from EUA Newsletter

The inHERE (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) project is launching a Good Practice Catalogue on welcoming refugees in higher education. The good practice examples have been selected among close to 300 initiatives presented on EUA Refugees Welcome Map Campaign.

As does the Map itself, the Catalogue aims at serving the academic communities in Europe and beyond, as a source of information and inspiration, and to enable exchange and collaboration. While it focuses on refugee students and researchers, it should also foster a broader discussion on higher education institutions’ strategies, their third mission and their approaches to diversity management.

Cases for the Good Practice Catalogue have been arranged under 11 topical categories and have been selected on the basis of a set of criteria, focusing on impact with regard to the integration of refugees into study and social life. Beyond the numbers of refugees reached, criteria for selection have been the potential for upscaling and transferability, response to the actual needs of the refugee populations, collaborative and sustainable initiative structures, and insertion into the university mission.

Based on the expertise collected in the Catalogue, in autumn 2017 the project will launch a series of living labs, webinars and training events for university staff interested in advancing their institution’s approach to integrating refugees in higher education. This should be very timely, as at many institutions, first cohorts of refugee students have finished their language training and preparation courses and are starting on their study programmes.

Since its launch in 2015, the EUA Refugees Welcome Map has become a reference in the international policy and practice discussions on refugees and higher education. The Map continues to welcome updates, but also new submissions from institutions and organisations via a short questionnaire. These will be considered for the Good Practice Catalogue in the upcoming project phases, and also for other initiatives.

The inHERE project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and brings together EUA, UNIMED, Campus France, the University of Barcelona, Sapienza University, as well as the UNHCR as associate partner.