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Thursday 13 June 2019

11.30 – 13.00

Registration & lunch

13.00 – 13.30

Welcome by the European Committee of the Regions

  • Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Committee of the Regions, Delegate of the Government of Navarre in Brussels

About the GREET and Academic Refuge projects

  • Ulrich Grothus, ACA President
  • Marit Egner, University of Oslo
13.30 – 13.45

Keynote speech

  • Wajid Khan, MEP
13.45 – 14.45

Panel on Higher Education values

European action to promote higher education values

Kati Verstrepen, President of the League of Human Rights (moderator)

  • Caroline Pauwels, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Markus Laitinen, Head of International Affairs, University of Helsinki
  • Monika Steinel, Senior Policy Analyst, European University Association
  • Sjur Bergan, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe
  • Dr Olga Hunler, University of Bremen
14.45 – 15.00

Launch of e-handbook

How do universities put academic freedom and greater protection for higher education values into practice? (working title)

  • Prof Stefaan Smis
15.00 – 15.20

Break

15.20 – 16.30

Parallel sessions

1. Awareness raising for supporting Higher Education in emergencies

  • Sini Piippo, Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI (Chair)
  • James R. King, Director, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
  • Marita Häkkinen, Coordinator, University of Jyväskylä
  • IIE-SRF Scholar (tbc)

2. Values in higher education as risk management

  • Lauren Crain, Director of Research and Learning, Scholars at Risk
  • Adinda van Gaalen, Senior Policy Officer, Nuffic
17.00

Guided tour of Brussels - DiverCity

Prof. Eric Corijn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

19.00 – 21.00

Reception at Beursschouwburg

Friday 14 June 2019

9.30 – 10.00

Welcome note

  • Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Committee of the Regions, Delegate of the Government of Navarre in Brussels
  • Themis Christophidou, Director General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC), European Commission
  • 10.00 – 11.15

    Parallel sessions

    1. The future of support for at-risk academics in Europe?

    • Marit Egner, Senior Adviser - Department of Research Administration, University of Oslo
    • Sinead O'Gorman, Director, Scholars at Risk Europe
    • Nassim Obeid, Researcher - Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo

    2. Networks, associations and task forces as support structures and advocacy tools

    • Marija Mitic, Policy Officer, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
    • Mathieu Schneider, Associate Professor in history of music and Vice-President of the University of Strasbourg
    • Task Force for Refugees, Flanders/Belgium (tbc)

    3. Support for students with refugee background - Student engagement initiatives

    • Christian Gerhus, Coordinator study-start for new immigrants, University of Siegen, Germany
    • Majdi Bido, Assistant preliminary studies for new immigrants, University of Siegen, Germany
    • Julia Kracht Araújo, Senior Desk Officer in the section Higher Education Programmes for Refugees, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    11.15 – 11.30

    Break

    11.30 – 12.45

    Initiatives to support integration of highly skilled refugees into higher education in Europe

    David Crosier, Eurydice (moderator)

    • EU-level support: Mihaela Costache, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission
    • National initiatives: Ms Kaisu Piiroinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
    • Regional initiatives: Julia Kracht Araújo, Senior Desk Officer in the section Higher Education Programmes for Refugees, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    • Institutional initiatives: Mathieu Schneider, Associate Professor in history of music and Vice-President of the University of Strasbourg
    • Students' perspective and involvement: Majdi Bido, Assistant preliminary studies for new immigrants, University of Siegen, Germany
    12.45 -13.15

    Achievements and outlook

    • GREET: Past and upcoming results
    • Academic Refuge: The Next Steps

    13.15 –14.15

    Networking lunch