• Migrant and national youth,
• Migrant and national students,
• Higher education institutions,
• Policy makers,
• Southern European societies
The European University Association (EUA) is the representative organization of universities and national rectors in Europe. Created in 2001, EUA represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. It plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation.
EUA has contributed to TandEM with a comparative, cross-country study aimed at understanding the links between integration and higher education policies. The study also documents the conditions and circumstances for access, retention and completion of higher education for migrants from third countries, including those with a refugee status. Concrete recommendations to remove barriers and to promote integration are provided for the European and national policy levels, as well as for higher education institutions.
In addition, regional and national social media campaigns launched to empower young people to define their own narrative on migration and inclusion fighting xenophobia and prejudice.
Furthermore, university committees have been created, and local students are already supporting the inclusion of their foreign peers in different areas:
- Administrative and Legal Support: Registration procedures/ Information on university fees and exemptions/ Visa renewal procedures/ Documents translation/ Procedure for the recognition of Foreign Titles.
- Academic Support: Definition of study plan/ Exam preparation/ Notes and handouts sharing/ Access to libraries/ Creation of a second-hand textbooks research and exchange’s system/ Organization of linguistic. tandems and language courses.
- Social Support: Introduction to city’s services (e.g. health and social services, transportation system, driving license procedures etc.)/ House hunting support/ Events organization (e.g. cultural trips, recreational activities, sport)/ Information and support with bank accounts and telephone/internet plans/ Orientation and tips on local cultural approaches/ CV creation and job-seeking support.