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Online Talk Netherlands

This Online Talk will focus on career prospects for researchers at risk/with refugee background in the Netherlands. The speakers will not only introduce available national support structures and national programmes, but also will share experiences and pathways into the Dutch research landscape and how to successfully integrate. Moreover, a programme that promotes access into higher education and gaining working experience at a Dutch university both for administrative and research staff will be introduced. Date/time: Friday, 30th October, 11:00 - 12:00 (CET) The main goals of the event: Propose potential actions and initiatives at national and European level that could help researchers and institutions willing to support them Introduce programme for support for refugee/at risk researchers who want to gain working experience at a Dutch university Share experiences of pathways on how to successfully integrate into Dutch academia Discuss main short and long term challenges and potential ways to overcome them at national and European levels   Speakers   Ewing Amadi Salumu, Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) Dutch research landscape - Available national support structures and programmes for researchers with refugee background/at risk Dr. Elena Valbusa, Utrecht University Dutch HEIs in support for researchers with refugee background/at risk - Access to administrative and research labour opportunities Musa Idris, Maastricht University/Erasmus Medical Centre Routes into Science: How to integrate into Dutch research landscape   Register for the Online Talk.  ...

ACA Think Pieces

The world after COVID-19

The World after COVID-19 is a series of ‘think pieces’ which ACA started publishing every Tuesday since early May . The pieces are authored by well-known experts in the field of international higher education. The basic question posed to them all is if and how the post-COVID-19 world will differ from the one we have until recently been used to.  The last months have changed our lives in an unprecedented way. We have lived a slow life, a life short of direct human contact. Travelling has become a rare activity and, outside of one's own country, often impossible. Cities, usually awash with motored vehicles, have opened up into spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. Universities and schools switched to online teaching almost immediately. Pollution levels are dropping fast. I feel I live in a prison, but in a very comfortable one. That much for now. And 'now' can still last quite a while, mind you. But what about the post-COVID-19 days? Will the past months look in hindsight like a bizarre intermezzo and will 'normalcy' reign again? Or will the corona experience whet our appetite for a 'new normal'. Might we even have learned some lessons and could we find smarter ways of living, working, learning and moving in the future? It is a worthwhile consideration for all sectors of life, but particularly for our own, international higher education. A first glance suggests that higher education institutions leap-frogged into digitalisation. We do not yet know at which levels of quality and with which learning outcomes. But the ease of the switch to the virtual makes one wonder if online education will become the new default mode. Especially in the case of study abroad. Will physical mobility, of students and of faculty, become an outmoded form of study? Will we still fly in the thousands to the other end of the world to attend a conference that we might also attend in front of our computer screens? It would be cheaper, more environment-friendly and it would save us time. Will we still need offices at all? Has the virus not demonstrated that we can (almost) all work and even 'meet' from home. Tempting prospects: falling real estate prices, reduced traffic - especially at peak hours, a healthier environment. It is to answer questions like those above and many others that ACA is starting a series of 'think pieces' devoted to the world after COVID-19. The 'think pieces' have been distributed through ACA's mailing list every Tuesday and are retrievable from ACA's Publication section now.  ...

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