GREET – Guiding Refugees via European Exchange and Training

Duration

April 2018 – September 2019

Funded by

European Commission – DG Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020 Science4Refugees)

Partner(s)

Academic Cooperation Association (ACA - coordinator), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)

Description

Guiding Refugees via European Exchange and Training (GREET) is ACA’s new project, which started in April 2018. Funded under the Horizon 2020 Science4Refugees call, the project aims to contribute to the integration of highly skilled refugees in European higher education through mutual learning and exchange of good practices among national support structures and higher education institutions (HEIs) in 9 European countries (Austria, Belgium/Flanders Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK). By scaling up successful practices in Germany and Finland by means of a peer learning activity (PLA) and disseminating its results through EU-level and country webinars, the project will enable debates at European level on current practices and obstacles for their implementation, search for joint solutions and improvements for a better and more effective integration of highly skilled refugees residing in the participating countries. The results of both PLA and webinars will be disseminated at a stakeholder event in Brussels in June 2019, and systemised and stored in an online compendium – a repository of existing policies and practices available to the wider higher education community. 

The core consortium is composed of the Brussels-based ACA Secretariat (the coordinator), and ACA members DAAD (Germany) and EDUFI (Finland), but it will also involve a number of ACA members (UHR, OeAD, IKY, IIE, FKA) and HEIs from the participating countries. Scholars at Risk, IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and VUB’s Mohammad Salman will be involved as well as members of the Advisory Board and will provide their vast knowledge and experience in supporting refugee students and scholars find their way into higher education systems and labour markets.

GREET will provide the much-needed venue for the national support structures in Europe to meet and exchange their practices, but it will also give them the opportunity to get updated about the work of their own constituencies (HEIs) in integrating students and researchers with refugee background in the HE systems of their countries. The project aims to create a strong community of practice of organisations and institutions involved in refugee integration both through project activities and by creating a group to facilitate discussions and share relevant information and updates. 

For more information about the project, please contact ACA Policy Officer Marija Mitic at marija.mitic(at)aca-secretariat.be.