Leading partner: EDUFI

Objectives: Through the webinars, the project consortium will provide training support for HEIs across Europe, provided by the consortium selecting the topics and issues of interest on the basis of the PLA results. They are also envisasged as support for PLA participants to develop their own activities as a follow up of the PLA and with the view to the needs identified at the PLA.

Target group: national organisations and HEIs from Europe, wider higher education community

Description: EDUFI will deliver three European-level thematic webinars for HEIs and other higher education stakeholders in Europe, with potential for much wider European and global use. Speakers at the webinars are representatives of European HEIs, European Commission, Scholars at Risk network and IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, as well as at-risk scholars who will share their own experiences with webinar participants. The three thematic webinars will be delivered in the period February-March on the following topics:


  • Integration of highly-skilled refugees – the role of European higher education community 
    15 February 2019, 10:30-11:30 CET

    Integration of highly skilled refugees into higher education has been a particularly relevant question especially since 2015. At the same time, violent crises in Syria and Yemen, to mention only few, threaten the higher education systems and academia of these countries. A lot of support initiatives have been launched and they continue to be important. 
    This webinar focuses on the role of the European higher education community in supporting higher education in emergencies as well as integration of highly-skilled refugees in Europe. Why is this kind of support needed now more than ever? The importance of institutional engagement, motivation behind commitment and links to strategy of the HEIs will be reflected by the speakers.

    José Diez Verdejo
    European Commission - EU support for refugees in higher education and research (pdf) (video clip)
    Nadine Shovakar, Universities Austria (uniko) - Links to strategy (pdf) (video clip)
    Marita Häkkinen, University of Jyväskylä, SIMHE Finland - Institutional level commitment and perspective (pdf) (video clip)

    Whole recorded webinar

  • Students with refugee background: Entering the job market – Cooperation with stakeholders 
    7 March 2019, 13:30-14:30 CET

    Students with refugee background might need tailored support when entering the higher education system, and also when they are ready to leave the university and enter the job market. They might not be familiar with the host countries’ procedures of application and CV writing, job interviews, researching on job opportunities etc. They might also lack the networks and connections and therefore need more guidance when it comes to getting an overview of the job market. Universities can support refugee students in various ways: Partnerships with companies, internship programmes, career fares, training and seminars on soft skills and many other measures can help refugee students and also international students in general to enhance their chances ion the job market.
    In this webinar you will learn of a model in place in Germany, get analysis of results of a nationally implemented programme in Finland, as well as hear regional examples on successful integration projects of refugee academics in Sweden. You will also have the opportunity to discuss with the speakers and other participants.

    Luise Haack, University of Passau, Germany - Project iStudi-Coach and iStudi-Pass of the University of Passau (pdf) (video clip)
    Vesa Parkkonen, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland - Presentation of the main results of the project Urareitti – The Career  Path, Guidance Services (pdf) (video clip)
    Eva-Britt Grönberg, Region Skåne, Sweden - Regional collaboration for successful integration of refugee academics, examples from Skåne (Southern Sweden) (pdf) (video clip)

Whole recorded webinar here

  • Scholars with refugee background - How to create sustainable career paths? 
    14 March 2019, 15:00-16:30 CET

    This webinar is focusing on a central issue that is linked to all scholarship schemes providing support for threatened scholars to continue their career in a safe environment: the post-scholarship options. As the scholarship is inevitably limited only to a certain period, the question of the long-term career perspective plays an essential role in overall success of the support measures.

    How to create sustainable career paths for the scholars after the funding period? We hear the views of experts working in this field, as well as from a scholar who has been able to build a sustainable career after the funding period.

    Olga Gregorian, Institute of International Education (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (video clip) and Sarina Rosenthal, Scholars at Risk (SAR) - Experiences of career advancement for scholars (pdf) (video clip)
    Frank Albrecht, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Perspectives from Philipp Schwartz Initiative (video clip)
    Dr. Tuba Inal-Cekic, Einstein Senior Scholar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Career path of a scholar (pdf) (video clip)

    Whole recorded webinar here