The international refugee crisis. What role for European higher education?

Brussels, 10 December 2015


Wednesday 09 December 2015

18.00 Free guided tour (The Secrets of Brussels)

19.00 Seminar dinner

Thursday 10 December 2015


Registrations and coffee


Opening keynote - Education and Migration

Philippa Candler, Deputy Regional Representative for Western Europe, UNHCR
Johannes Tarvainen
, Tertiary Education Officer, UNHCR


Mapping initiatives of and for European universities 

European University Association´s survey of members´activities
Henriette Stöber, Policy and Project Officer, Higher Education Policy Unit, EUA

What can the European Commission do to facilitate the integration of refugees in higher education?
Claire Morel, Head of Unit, International Cooperation in Education and Youth, Jean Monnet Actions, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission 

EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis - the `Madad Fund`
Nadim Karkutli, Manager of the `Madad Fund`, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission


Coffee Break


Country Cases - from urgent responses to common practices

Anette Pieper, Director of Projects Department, DAAD

Anders Ahlstrand, Analyst, Swedish Council for Higher Education

The Netherlands
Joost van der Veen, Senior Policy Officer, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


Sandwich lunch


Institutional Initiatives - from mobilising to integrating

Mobilising Catalan Universities
Nadja Gmelch, Project Manager, Association of Catalan Public Universities (ACUP)

ULB solidarity with refugees: from student mobilisation to postdoctoral fellowships
Pierre Quertenmont, 
Head of International Office, Université libre de Bruxelles

Individual and institutional responses at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary
Chrys Margaritidis, Dean of Students and member of the CEU Refugee Crisis Response Task Force

Integrating refugees in the Finnish higher education system
Kaisa Kurki, Director of International Education Services, University of Tampere

LCC Middle East Scholars Program 
Marlene Wall, President of LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania


Coffee break


Voices from Syria: discussing real needs

Assisting refugee scholars and students - overview of Scholars at Risk Network activities 
Sinead O'Gorman, European Director, Scholars at Risk (SAR)

What do students need? 
Malaz Safarjalani, a former Syrian student, Independent Consultant

Integrating refugee scholars in the academic community
Dr Kassem AlSayed Mahmoud, Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University


Closing panel - a way forward for (European) higher education

Yannick du Pont, Director and Founder of SPARK
Patricia Pol, Vice Chair of the Bologna Follow Up Group
Leasa WeimerKnowledge Development Adviser, European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Dr Luisa Borges De Araujo, Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Farewell drink