Webinar about actions and challenges of front line universities facing the refugee crisis

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. (CEST). Staff from the University of the Aegean, based on the island of Lesbos, will share their experience in the field.

«Refugees and the action of universities in the front line. The experience of the University of the Aegean» is the title for the fifth webinar organized by the University of Barcelona within the inHERE project (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe). It will take place on Wednesday, May 9, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CEST).

The aim of the seminar is to share the experience of one of the front line universities, the University of the Aegean, which is the only higher education institution in the Aegean archipelago. Among other territories, this University is based on the island of Lesbos, where hundreds of refugees still live.

The webinar speakers will be:

  • Michael Bakas, University of the Aegean’s administration office. Active member of the “Village of all together”, an open solidarity group of collectivities and NGOs helping refugees in Lesbos, and the social kitchen “The other human”.
  • Piyi Karabia, International Office of Academic Programmes of the University of the Aegean.

The speakers will explain the situation in Lesbos during the last 5 years and how the University is currently dealing with the unprecedented arrival of refugees in different ways – humanitarian work, raising awareness, research and dissemination -, as well as the challenges and actions that the University and its community are facing.

The seminar, which will be given in English, is aimed at members of university communities (teaching staff or PDI, administration and service staff or PAS, and students) who carry out or want to carry out any project or activity in order to ease the access to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) for the refugees, as well as their social integration. The event is also opened to those in the University community who are interested in these initiatives.

Registrations can be submitted in this link.

Inquiries: cjerez@ub.edu

inHERE project

The main aim of the inHERE project is to create opportunities for the refugees to take part in the European Higher Education Area. In order to do so, inHERE strengthens knowledge exchange, peer-support and academic partnership to ease the access and integration to HEI for the refugees.

Webinars are framed within the second part of this project, the Living Lab, which is led by the University of Barcelona. Their purpose is to share, exchange, assess and create joint initiatives, projects and activities for the university community to promote the integration of the refugee students in HEI.

The inHERE project is co-funded by the European Union (through Erasmus+ Programme) and coordinated by the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED). Apart from the University of Barcelona and UNIMED, other members 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.

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