Higher Education
supporting Refugees
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W5. Actions and challenges of the refugee crisis in the front line universities

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. (CEST). Staff from the University of the Aegean, based on the island of Lesbos, will share their experience in the field.

«Refugees and Universities’ action in Greece. The case of the University of the Aegean» is the title for the fifth webinar organized by the University of Barcelona within the inHERE project (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe). It took place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CEST).

The aim of the seminar was to share the experience of one of the front line universities, the University of the Aegean, which is the only higher education institution in the Aegean archipelago. Among other territories, this University is based on the island of Lesbos, where hundreds of refugees still live.

The webinar speakers were:

  • Michael Bakas, University of the Aegean’s administration office. Active member of the “Village of all together”, an open solidarity group of collectivities and NGOs helping refugees in Lesbos, and the social kitchen “The other human”.
  • Piyi Karabia, International Office of Academic Programmes of the University of the Aegean.

The speakers explained the situation in Lesbos during the last 5 years and how the University is currently dealing with the unprecedented arrival of refugees in different ways – humanitarian work, raising awareness, research and dissemination -, as well as the challenges and actions that the University and its community are facing.

The seminar, which was given in English, was aimed at members of university communities (teaching staff or PDI, administration and service staff or PAS, and students) who carry out or want to carry out any project or activity in order to ease the access to Higher Education Institutions (HEI) for the refugees, as well as their social integration.

The event was also opened to all those in the University community who are interested in these initiatives.

Webinars are framed within the second output of this project, the Living Lab, which is led by the University of Barcelona. Their purpose is to share, exchange, assess and create joint initiatives, projects and activities for the university community to promote the integration of the refugee students in HEI.

Inquiries: cjerez@ub.edu

W5. Refugee and Universities’ action in Greece. The case of the University of the Aegean from inHERE on Vimeo.