On July 3rd to 5th 2017, Campus France hosted the 2nd edition of the Campus France Meetings for Innovation and Research, with the aim of supporting the internationalization of French research and innovation and promote the attractiveness of France with foreign researchers and PhD students. The subjects chosen for the 2017 edition are globalisation of research and PhD, reception of researchers in France, intake of refugee students and researchers, European attractiveness of higher education and research institutions in Paris. These meetings gathered together people in charge of research in universities and grandes écoles, the staff in charge of international relations in these institutions, heads of research organisations and companies, “alliances” (“Alliance française” type), regions but also scientific advisors (CST), Delegates for Science and Technology (AST), Delegates for Scientific and Higher Education Cooperation (ACSU) and International Technical Experts (ETI) specialised in innovation.
UNIMED has participated represented by its Director Dr. Marcello Scalisi, during a session on the 4th of July on welcoming refugees students in Europe (“L’accueil des étudiants et des chercheurs réfugiés en Europe”). He hold a speech regarding UNIMED undertakings in this field, both in Europe and MENA region, and presenting UNIMED findings on needs and obstacles for refugee students’ access to the Higher Education System. UNIMED is currently coordinating two European funded projects focusing on granting support to refugees in Higher Education: RESCUE, Refugees Education Support in MENA Countries, and inHERE, Higher Education supporting Refugees in Europe. These two projects are the evidence of UNIMED effort in relation to the refugees crisis and can be considered as a starting point for more coordinated cooperation in the near future.