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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

Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia

INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Kaiserslautern

COUNTRY

Germany

CITY

Kaiserslautern

ADDRESS

TU Kaiserslautern
Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße 47

67663 Kaiserslautern

P.O. Box 3049
67653 Kaiserslautern

TYPOLOGY

- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- Social Events

TARGET GROUPS

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

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Introduction

TUK commits to its welcoming stance towards refugees in the nationwide initiative "Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia", organized by the members of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).

Activities

Nationwide campaign by HRK member universities
The member universities of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) are set to oppose xenophobia in Germany as part of a nationwide initiative. The HRK members are committing to their stance with the slogan “Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia”. They are reacting to racist verbal and physical attacks in Germany and to growing isolationism in some European countries and the rest of the world, including the USA.

Universities are open-minded places. Diverse opinions and international exchange constitute the foundations of their research and teaching activities. In view of growing xenophobia and the increasing success of populist slogans, universities feel called upon to join together and actively stand up for these values.

Universities as “future workshops” of the world are transnational in and of themselves. A university can only be sustainable if it acts and thinks at international level. The HRK clearly stated this in its international strategy. An open and international campus and the international mobility of teachers and students therefore provide the essential foundations for high-quality teaching, learning and research.