TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE
EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education
INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- University staff (academic and administrative)
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
EUCRITE - European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education, is an Erasmus+ funded program (Sept. 2017 – October 2019) whose main goal is that of providing support and training to administrative and academic staff in their interaction with displaced students.
Refugees join many other minority groups who are domestic targets of exclusion: the opportunity of commencing or continuing higher education becomes a crucial step not only towards perfecting skills but also towards entering the European labour market and thus supporting the key values of equality and social justice upon which the Union is founded. Transnational exchanges of administrative good practices, the design and implementation of measures to increase enrolment and ensure retention of displaced students coupled with planned staff training events constitute measures intended to encourage and foster social inclusion.
RESULTS AND IMPACT
One of the consortium’s main objectives is that of providing a series of measures and training materials that can be extended by HEIs in interacting with other underprivileged groups, such as pioneer students, or first-generation enrolees: although these students themselves are not refugees, many come from families with migration histories and may also benefit from support and some of the resources mobilized for displaced students.