Admission Office: Process and procedures

Admission Office: Process and procedures by Carine Raes, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_RAES.pdf (0.6 MB) - This workshop will focus on the legal and institutional obstacles refugees encounter in their search for an adequate (higher) education. The presentation will clarify how the Karel de Grote University College has changed its administrative procedures in order to facilitate the enrolment of students of a foreign nationality.

Academic Dugnad

Academic Dugnad by Karl Norli, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_NORLI.pdf (2.8 MB) - The main project of the institution is the Academic Network groups. It is a change for local students to meet refugees on a regular basis and to have academic discussions. During this presentation, participants will get an answer to the following questions:

  • How did HiOA respond to the refugee crisis that took place during the late summer of 2015?

  • Where did the initiatives come from and how did HiOA implement the efforts?

  • What was the response of our staff, students and not least the refugees?

  • How did we collaborate with other HE institutions and the City of Oslo?

  • What will the future bring for the Academic Dugnad?

The Norwegian Approach to the Recognition of Refugees’ Qualifications

The Norwegian Approach to the Recognition of Refugees’ Qualifications by Joachim Gümüs Kallevig, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_GUMUS-KALLEVIG.pdf (1.2 MB) - Since 2005 the Norwegian ENIC-NARIC office, NOKUT, has been working on developing and implementing recognition procedures for refugees. In 2013, NOKUT developed a recognition procedure for those with insufficient documentation who permanently reside in Norway (in accordance with the LRC art. 7). The current situation demonstrates that newly-arrived refugees need a similar opportunity. In 2016, NOKUT initiated a trial project for the evaluation of qualifications of newly arrived refugees and migrants.

Refugees: Reflections and actions of the EC

Refugees: Reflections and actions of the EC by Mette Mørk Andersen, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_ANDERSEN.pdf (1.9 MB) - In 2015, 1.3 million people came to the EU to seek protection, more than twice as in 2014. This flow is unprecedented because of its concentration in a short period of time and its composition. Several initiatives under Erasmus+ have been launched to contribute to the inclusion of the many young people and students amongst the refugees wishing to continue their educational path. European education tools that offer support to countries, institutions and individuals in responding to the education needs of refugees will be presented together with an overview of European policy concerning provision of education for refugees.

Intensive Preparatory Year

Intensive Preparatory Year by Klaas Vansteenhuyse, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_VANSTEENHUYSE.pdf (1.5 MB) - The region of Flanders offers a broad range of higher education programmes but does so almost exclusively in Dutch. Newcomers who pursue integration within Flemish society acquire first the Dutch language which remains a very intense process. Students wishing to pursue their higher education studies mainly face difficulties of ‘academic language’ and have a higher risk of early drop-out. The Intensive Preparatory Year wishes to combine the preparation for higher education studies (study attitude, personal development, etc.) with content-related language study (i.e. Information Technology or Accountancy). This workshop touches upon the hurdles of these students and the corresponding structure of our programme.

Scholarships for Syrian students

Scholarships for Syrian students by Giselle Schellekens, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_SCHELLEKENS.pdf (1.8 MB) - Our Higher Education programme (HES) is premised on furthering the basic rights of Syrian and Palestinian youth affected by the crisis or occupation to enable them to enjoy access to higher education and empowerment opportunities. With hundreds of thousands of Syrian youths applying for only handful overseas scholarships, new regional approaches are much needed to scale up access to higher education, particularly in Syria’s neighbouring countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan). In this working session we will focus on the implementation of this programme and the challenges we face.

The Council of Europe confronted with the refugees crisis: the role and answer from education

The Council of Europe confronted with the refugees crisis: the role and answer from education by Jean Philippe Restoueix, Version 2016, EURASHE_ws_refugees_Brussels_160504_pres_RESTOUEIX.pdf (0.7 MB) - Based on Human rights, promoted Democracy and Rule of law; obviously the Council of Europe is questioned, shacked by the situation of refugees, including by the fact that Turkey is full member of the organization. The different Council of Europe’ Conventions (European Convention on Human rights; Cultural Convention, Lisbon recognition Convention on recognition of academic qualifications …) provide a protection framework for refugees. Some cases already arrive in emergency procedure regarding a refugee that a member State wants to send back to Syria. In the Education field, the work is centred around 3 items:

  • The language of adult migrant;

  • The right of education of non-accompanied children;

  • The recognition of refugees qualifications based on article VII of the Lisbon Recognition Convention: Each Party shall take all feasible and reasonable steps within the framework of its education system and in conformity with its constitutional, legal, and regulatory provisions to develop procedures designed to assess fairly and expeditiously whether refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation fulfil the relevant requirements for access to higher education, to further higher education programmes or to employment activities, even in cases in which the qualifications obtained in one of the Parties cannot be proven through documentary evidence.


Several initiatives were already taken by different stakeholders and through co-operation between different international institutions.