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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

  • Laurent Thieule, Director Legislative Work, European Committee of the Regions

About the GREET and Academic Refuge projects

  • Ulrich Grothus, ACA President
  • Marit Egner, Senior Adviser - Department of Research Administration, 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

Annick Suzor-Weiner, Professor, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Université Paris-Sud (moderator)

  • Kati Verstrepen, President of the League of Human Rights
  • Markus Laitinen, Head of International Affairs, University of Helsinki
  • Monika Steinel, Senior Policy Analyst, European University Association
  • Olga Hunler, Visiting Researcher, University of Bremen
14.45 – 15.00

Launch of e-handbook

"Promoting Core Higher Education Values - Perspectives from the Field"

  • Stefaan Smis, Professor of international and human rights law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
15.00 – 15.20

Break

15.20 – 16.30

Parallel sessions

1. Values in higher education as risk management

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

2. Awareness raising for supporting higher education in emergencies

  • Sini Piippo, Senior Programme Manager and International Contact Point for Erasmus+, Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)
  • James R. King, Director, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
  • Marita Häkkinen, Coordinator, University of Jyväskylä
  • IIE-SRF Fellow, Visiting Scholar, Oslo Metropolitan University
17.00

Guided tour of Brussels - DiverCity

Prof. Eric Corijn, Professor of social and cultural geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

19.00 – 21.00

Reception at Beursschouwburg

Friday 14 June 2019

9.30 – 10.00

Welcome note

  • Themis Christophidou, Director General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC), European Commission
  • 10.00 – 11.15

    Parallel sessions

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

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

    2. 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

    3. 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
    • Marjolein (Jo) Breda, Senior Policy Officer Social Affairs, Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (VLIR)
    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: Kaisu Piiroinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture
    • Regional initiatives: Julia Kracht Araújo, Senior Desk Officer, 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
    12.45 -13.15

    Achievements and outlook

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

    13.15 –14.15

    Networking lunch