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The seminar was hosted by Support Group Network (SGN), European University Association (EUA), the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), Committee for academic refugees, Institut français de Suède, and University West.

The aim of the seminar was for refugees together with university representatives to reflect jointly on initiatives, recommendations and guidelines supporting refugees for inclusion in different European countries. 

The seminar adressed representatives from refugee organizations, university leadership, academic and administrative staff as well as policy makers.

The programme was mainly held in a workshop format, in order to inspire the discussions and the evaluations, a number of highly relevant and diverse initiatives were presented in a short format (pitch). 

Moderator during the seminar was Cecilia Christersson, Chairman of the Committee for academic refugees, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), Vice-rector Malmö University.

PROGRAMME
9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 – 10.15 Welcome
European University Association (EUA), The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), Committee for academic refugees - Support Group Network (Swedish Network of refugees), Institut Français de Suède and University West.

Adnan Abdul Ghani, Initiator of Support Group Network (Swedish Network of refugees)
Martin Hellström, Vice-chancellor, University West
Sandrine Testaz, Attachée de coopération scientifique et universitaire, Ambassade de France/ Institut français de Suède 
Marita Hilliges, Secretary General, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions
Hanne Smidt, Senior Advisor, European University Association (EUA)

10.15 – 10.45 Inam Alghoul, Project manager “Strong Women Network, Project and project developer, Support Group Network: “From a refugee point of view – how can higher education work together with refugees to promote diversity, inclusion and democracy?”

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Inspiring research and initiatives:
Katarina Mozetič, Ph.D. candidate, University of Oslo:
"I cannot work in a supermarket: Some insights from a study on labour market expeiences of highly educated refugees"
Mathieu Schneider: Vice-president, University of Strasbourg, coordinator of the network Migrants dans l’enseignement supérieur: "Migrants in higher education"
Johanna Rasplus, Deputy Head of the European Projects, Campus France:
"InHERE Recommendations and Guidelines"
Ragheb Aljaoor, Project manager, Support Group Network, comments the initiatives

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.30 Two workshop on initiatives that supports refugees and migrants for inclusion in their new context.

The workshops will be inspired by a number of relevant initiatives in “a pitch format” (max. 5 minutes) + responses Support Group Network and from international refugees.

Workshop 1: Initiatives that support diversity, inclusion and democracy in higher education 

Samit Aita, Président de l'association "Démocratie et Entraide en Syrie, Ghosn Zeitoun
Laura Lohéac, Directrice exécutive du Programme d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE)  Collège de France
Karolina Catoni, University of Gothenburg:  Inclusive internationalisation 
Frederik Sunnemark & Fredrik Sjögren, University West: Open seminars   
Jane Malcolm-Davies, University of Copenhagen: THREAD, a themed model for refugee integration using textiles as the catalyst for change  

Moderator during workshop 1: Jan Theliander, Pro-vice-chancellor, University West

Workshop 2: Initiatives for validation and integration

Annick Suzor-Weiner; Agence Universitaire de la francophonie: French courses and resumption of studies
Carina Bäckström, Malmö University: Regional cooperation between different actors to support integration 
Emma Alfredsson, project manager, Lund University Commissioned Education, Lund University: Match-IT
Catherine Gillo Nilsson, Coordinator Educational Affairs, University of Gothenburg: Targeted study counseling, and “Complementary education for migrants” 
Rebekka Nylund, Specialist, University of Helsinki - SIMHE initiative  
Bilal Almobarak,  Project manager / Support Group Network : " Informationsmöte för nyanlända med flyktingbakgrund"
     
Moderator during workshop 2: Hanne Smidt, Senior Advisor European University Association

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 15.30 Workshop continued – developing three recommendations to European governments based on the experience of refugee groups and higher education institutions working together.

15.30 – 16.30 Reports from the two workshops and panel conclusions

Adnan Abdul Ghani, Initiator of Support Group Network (Swedish Network of refugees)
Sophie Adélaide Magnier, Director International Partnerships, projects, promotion & Internationalization, University of Grenoble Alps 
Hanne Smidt, Senior Advisor European University Association (EUA)
Elin Landell, Director/Principal Secretary, The National Delegation for Validation
Marita Hilliges, Secretary General, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions
Mathieu Schneider: Vice-president, University of Strasbourg, coordinator of the network Migrants dans l’enseignement supérieur: "Migrants in higher education"

About Restad Gård
Restad Gård is situated just outside Vänerborg and Trollhättan. It was build as a hospital for the mentally ill in 1905 and was one of the largest hospitals of its kind in Sweden. Restad Gård is placed in beautiful park surroundings on the brink of a river and became in 2013 an asylum seeker camp. The camp at one point held as many has 1500 asylum seekers. It is like a small village with a high-end hotel, pre-school, youth centre and small shop. Today about 1000 asylum seekers live here, and the Support Group Network that is one of the organisers for the conference grew out of the camp in 2016.

 

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