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Refugees Initiative

A Map focusing on the 3 partners'countries represented within the partnership identifying the integration activities carried out investigating regulatory measures of integration undertaken directly by universities.

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TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE

Exploiting the potential of newly arrived people and facilitating their establishment in the Swedish society

INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

Linkoping Universitet

COUNTRY

Sweden

CITY

Linkoping

ADDRESS

StudentHuset plan 7 – Campus Valla 581 83

Contact person:
Lotta Kavemark – International Coordinator
e-mail: [email protected]

WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE

https://liu.se/en

Contact person:
Lotta Kavemark – International Coordinator
e-mail: [email protected]

TYPOLOGY

- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Non formal education activities for students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

The University actively works to exploit the potential of newly arrived people and enable their establishment in the Swedish society. The goal of the coordinator working on this assignment is to - in line with the principal's decision - help and make visible what has being done, create links between ongoing initiatives both inside and outside LiU, and support new ideas.
The University's efforts can be grouped into four areas:
- LiU as an educational organizer
- LiU as an employer
- LiU and student engagement
- LiU and collaboration assignments

Activities
At present, LiU has a number of supplementary training courses (teachers and doctors, for example) and referral responses were submitted in spring 2016. LiU organises supplementary training for biomedical analysts.
A 4-year fast track for teachers has been started in co-operation with the employment service. IKK and IEI are preparing an offer to offer fast track for social scientists. During the autumn, a 10-week course will start to prepare foreign doctors for the new national knowledge test.
Courses in Swedish and aspirant education are delivered.
“Korta vägen” is a labor market education for new arrivals, which LiU participates in together with Folkuniversitetet. Four groups are currently running in Norrköping, Linköping and Motala. The participants' educational backgrounds are from different areas, engineers, economists, teachers, healthcare professionals, etc.
LiU has a long experience in the validation and assessment of real competences. For many years, work has also been carried out for broader recruitment and equal conditions.
The regular selection of master programs and independent courses in English may also be relevant for some prospective students in the newly arrived group. At a further stage some parts of programs and basic years in technology and science may also be relevant.
LiU has a number of research environments whose focus is on migration and integration, for example: Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (Remeso), Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS), Theme, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning ( IBL), Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV), Department of Industrial and Economic Development (IEI). The research projects that can be related to the refugee issue are many and varied; including historical and contemporary perspectives on migration, studies of discrimination, validation, segregation, learning, meeting unaccompanied children and intersectionality. IDA was recently granted a VINNOVA application for digital inclusion, which aims to connect with LiU's initiative in the refugee issue in different ways.
Students and employees engage in a variety of ways through associations, etc. This may include, for example, sports (cycling, swimming, football, etc.), homework, study circles and language training (see, for example, about the logo pedagogy students).

RESULTS AND IMPACT

The results are yet to be reported from the different initiatives, however all initiatives are counting a satisfying number of participants.