EUA launches the Refugees Welcome Map Survey: Your initiative counts!

Practically in all European countries universities and related organisations are responding to the refugees arriving in Europe, in multiple ways - for instance by providing advice, language courses and opportunities for access to and employment in higher education.

The Refugees Welcome Map will present key information on the initiatives undertaken by universities and related networks and organisations from around the world. It will serve as a platform for exchange of good practice and for dissemination of information, e.g. on collaboration and funding opportunities. It also aims to encourage future cooperation and peer learning on how to respond to the refugee crisis. EUA is currently collecting information on the initiatives. The interactive map will be launched in February/March 2016, and will be constantly updated with new initiatives.

EUA is offering you the possibility to put your higher education institutions’ or organisations’ initiative on the map by participating in a brief survey, which should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Why should you contribute to the map?

  • It will make your and other universities’ initiatives for refugees more visible to society at large and policy makers in particular.
  • It will encourage other universities to follow your example and allow exchange of good practice.
  • It will allow you to receive information about other initiatives, projects and funding opportunities related to the issue.
  • It can help to facilitate partnerships, as it allows you to indicate whether you are principally interested in direct exchange and cooperation with individual institutions and organisations (optional).

A preview of the map is depicted below. The map will include options to search and filter initiatives according to their target group (e.g. refugee students or academics) as well as their main area of concern (e.g. recognition, access, integration, employment opportunities for researchers etc.).

For further information on the survey or questions about the campaign, please visit EUA’s campaigns website or contact HEPU-surveys@eua.be .

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