INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
University of Jyväskylä
Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä, Finland
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- University policies on access to higher education
- University staff (academic and administrative)
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The seminar was held at the University of Jyväskylä on 13–14 December 2016. The event was part of the national Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland (SIMHE) project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The seminar included plenary sessions, as well as several break-out sessions and Poster Park presentations.
Break-out sessions were thematic encounters where practitioners, researchers and those interested could dig deeper into the theme in question. There were 11 sessions and themes to choose from. Each one featured both visiting and Finland-based specialist presentations to stimulate discussion.
The Poster Park provided glimpses of what is already going on regarding migrants in higher education in Finland. Posters of existing and developing best practices and tips to participate were available throughout the seminar. Live poster presentations were also held, so it was possible to discuss the topics directly with the experts.
Immediately after the seminar a researchers’ workshop was organized to consider the seminar’s implications for future study.
RESULTS AND IMPACT
The seminar gathered a genuinely diverse group of participants and multiple interrelated themes. This variety of viewpoints facilitated lively discussions and the sharing of ideas and practices. Though the content was more university-oriented, presenters and participants from universities of applied sciences and other institutions also participated.
In the feedback on the seminar, the vast majority of respondents hoped that the themes covered could be addressed in future seminars as well and with even more time to discuss and cross-pollinate.