Workshop on Refugees – Brussels 2016

brussels_8EURASHE organised a workshop titled ‘Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education‘ in Brussels (Belgium) on 4 May 2016 with the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) and the ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion. Underneath are further information on:

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  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Wednesday 4 May 2016

    9.00 – Registrations

    9.15 – Opening of the workshop and welcome

    Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE, Director of Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT) (France)

    9.30 – Plenary session with keynote speakers

    The Council of Europe confronted with the refugees crisis: The role and answer from education, Jean-Philippe Restoueix, Council of Europe

    Refugees: Reflections and actions of the European Commission, Mette Mørk Andersen, European Commission

    11.00 – Coffee break

    11.30 – Plenary session with keynote speakers

    The Norwegian Approach to the Recognition of Refugees’ Qualifications, Joachim Gümüs Kallevig, NOKUT (Norway)

    Universities and refugees: Assessment of good practices from Poland and Austria, Daniel Kontowski and Madelaine Leitsberger, University of Winchester (UK)

    13.00 – Lunch break

    14.00 – Parallel working sessions

    14.00 – Parallel working sessions 1:

    A. The Intensive Preparatory Year for Newcomers in higher education, Klaas Vansteenhuyse, UC Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)

    B. Admission Office – Process and Procedures, Carine Raes, KdG University College (Belgium)

    14.35 – Parallel working sessions 2:

    A. Welcome Talent @ Thomas More, Lisbet Lenaers, Thomas More (Belgium)

    B. Work and study placement for Syrian students in Turkey and Lebanon, Giselle Schellekens, SPARK (Netherlands)

    15.10 – Parallel working sessions 3:

    A. Academic Dugnad for refugees and asylum seekers, Karl Norli, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) (Norway)

    15.45 – Panel discussion: Giving the floor to refugees

    16.15 – Conclusion and closing of the workshop

    Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education

    brussels_8Europe and its different countries are considered to be one of the safest places in the world, providing relief to people confronted with life-threatening wars and violence. Actually, it has always been like that. Moreover, Europe is a well-chosen place for a better future for people living in this hopeless situation.

    The last year, Europe came under great pressure because of the great flux of refugees, crossing the Mediterranean by thousands and trying to create a route to the Northern part. As the flow of refugees was lasting, positions changed. The search for a solution on European level became difficult but also more and more urgent.

    This refugees crisis is a challenge for Europe. Higher education is one of the actors confronted with the need of positioning and solving that crisis. During the ‘Access and inclusion of refugees in higher education’ workshop, EURASHE wants to give an overview of the current situation and evolution of the refugee crisis as it is nowadays.

    What is the position of and the action taken by the Council of Europe and the European Commission? How can a national ENIC-NARICs deal with the issue of cooperation with institutions? What does research teach us about the actions taken by higher education?

    These are some examples of questions that will be dealt with during our workshop. The four keynote presentations will be given by presenters at the ‘frontline’ of policy and research.

    In the afternoon, some practices will be presented in parallel sessions. Subjects will vary from access to integration and participation of refugees in higher education.

    The workshop will show the ethical positioning and the voluntarism of institutions. They are confronted with legal and, sometimes, political barriers.

    They show the double-track approach: integration of refugees or post-war reconstruction of countries. At the end of the day EURASHE will launch its own position statement.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Jean-Philippe Restoueix - Jean Philippe RESTOUEIX is 56 years old. Since 1994, he is administrator within the Council of Europe firstly in the Youth department and since 2007 within the Education department. Within... Read more
  • Karl Norli - Karl Norli has been working largely with learning environment for international students including the buddy system, introduction week, Immigration issues and social events as well as integration of international students.... Read more
  • Klaas Vansteenhuyse - Klaas Vansteenhuyse is head International Office at UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) in Belgium. UCLL is a merger of three former colleges in Flanders. Internationalisation has been put forward as a strategic... Read more
  • Daniel Kontowski - Daniel Kontowski is a researcher in higher education. Currently, Daniel is a PhD student at the University of Winchester (UK) and a leader of a research project at the University... Read more
  • Mette Mørk Andersen - Mette Moerk Andersen is Policy Officer in the European Commission in the field of higher education working on issues related to recognition, the Bologna Process and the social dimension of... Read more
  • Carine Raes - Carine Raes (Antwerp, 1958) graduated as a political scientist at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). She also obtained supplementary training in economics. Since 1994, she is related to the... Read more
  • Giselle Schellekens - Giselle Schellekens is programme developing officer at SPARK. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their conflict affect societies into prosperity. She is focussing... Read more
  • Madelaine Leitsberger - Madelaine Leitsberger is currently a PhD student at the University of Winchester at the Centre for Animal Welfare. Her research interests concern all kind of animal ethics and welfare issues,... Read more
  • Lisbet Lenaers - Lisbet Lenaers is the coordinator of the Thomas More platform IDeE (idea in Dutch) which stands for ‘Identiteit, Dialoog en Engagement’ (Identity, Dialogue and social Engagement). IDeE seeks synergy in... Read more
  • Joachim Gümüs Kallevig - Joachim Gümüs Kallevig is Head of Information in the Department of Foreign Education in NOKUT. From December 2015, he is acting Head of Section for recognition of professional qualifications (NQF... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Workshop location

    The workshop will take place at EURASHE, located at Ravensteingalerij 27/3, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. It is shown in yellow on the map.



    Recommended hotels, in red on the map, are:

    1. Hotel Motel One BrusselsRue Royale 12, 1000 Brussels, Belgium – website – T: 0032 2 209 61 10, F: 0032 2 209 61 11, email: – starting at EUR 93.50
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    3. Atlas Hotel BrusselsRue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 30, 1000 Brussels, Belgium – websiteT: 0032 2 502 60 06, F: 0032 2 502 69 35; email: – starting at EUR 135.00
    4. Hotel ibis Brussels off Grand PlaceGrasmarkt 100/Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, 1000 Brussels, Belgium – website – T: 0032 2 620 04 27, F: 0032 2 514 50 67, email: – starting at EUR 119.00



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  • ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion - The ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion (Chambre des Hautes Ecoles et de l’Enseignement supérieur de promotion sociale) represents the French-speaking university colleges and universities... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) - Vlaamse Hogescholenraad (VLHORA) The Flemish Council of University Colleges is the formal consultative and advisory body of all Flemish University Colleges. It advises the Flemish government on policy issues concerning... Read more
  • Registrations are now closed.

    Please note that registrations will close once the event is full, which may occur well in advance of the event.

    Available spots

    There are maximum 30 spots available for this workshop.


    Registration fee

    The registration fee includes attendance at the workshop, all materials (documentation and welcome package), coffee breaks, and lunch. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

    The registration fees are set as follows:

    • Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE): EUR 75.00
    • Members of EURASHE: EUR 60.00

    There is a possibility to pay your fee in cash on the spot. Should you wish to do so, an administrative fee of EUR 20.00 may be charged in addition to your registration fee.



    Cancellations must be sent in writing to

    Cancellations received prior to 4 April 2016 will be reimbursed fully, while cancellations received between 4 and 21 April 2016 will be reimbursed in the amount of 50% of the participation fee. Participants who cancel after 22 April 2016 or do not attend the workshop will be liable to pay the entire registration fee.

    Substitutes may be accepted at any time, provided that the secretariat is informed of the change.



    The registration will be confirmed by an email. However, please note that your registration will be completed and considered final only when your payment has been received.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat at

    Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE Workshop on Refugees