The international refugee crisis. What role for European higher education?

Brussels, 10 December 2015


The escalating refugee crisis has become the burning issue among Europe´s higher education stakeholders and it is accompanied by numerous challenges and few clear-cut solutions. At different paces and urgency levels, the academic community in Europe is responding to the alarming situation and joining forces with other stakeholders in order to best deal with it. Many questions are yet to be answered: 

  • What could or should be the role of European higher education in the current refugee crisis?
  • How can higher education institutions support students and scholars from the war-afflicted areas?
  • How can different stakeholders (universities, NGOs, community centres, etc.) work together on this issue?
  • What are the main challenges governments and institutions are facing?
  • What are good practices and how can they be multiplied?
  • What are the next steps for European higher education? 

With all this in mind, on 10 December 2015, which also marks the International Human Rights Day, ACA´s European Policy Seminar (EPS) will be devoted to the role of European higher education in the international refugee crisis. The seminar will bring together representatives of European and international institutions, national governments and agencies, higher education associations and universities as well as of NGOs and humanitarian networks, in order to discuss the role of Europe´s higher education in the face of the crisis, to take stock of current initiatives at European, national and institutional level, to share practices and search for potential solutions. 

Part of the participation fee will be donated as participants´ and ACA´s contribution to all the efforts being made to alleviate the consequences of the crisis.