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UNIMED experiences on refugees thanks to RESCUE and inHERE: understanding complexities

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by Marco Di Donato, UNIMED Project Manager

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UNIMED experiences on refugees thanks to RESCUE and inHERE: understanding complexities

  1. 1. UNIMED experiences on refugees thanks to RESCUE and inHERE: understanding complexities
  2. 2. UNIMED’s lessons learnt from experience in addressing refugees challenges RESCUE inHERE One size cannot fit all, in terms of scholarships and local answers Lack of reliable data and statistics No negation of complexities Terminology definition: Refugee? IDPs? Guests?
  3. 3. Lesson learnt number one: the need to harmonise educational paths Lack of access to Higher Education by refugees Risk to have a «lost generation» and related need to improve the quality of education for youth (6-12 and 12-18) Avoid the risk of social exclusion and improve the quality of educational paths for both refugees and local communities. Social exclusion is the basis for radicalization Universities in the region must plal a major role in this sense addressing also the quality of secondary education and contributing in improving it
  4. 4. Lesson learnt number two: the need to enhance actions in «sending countries» Not only Syria, but also other crisis contexts (such as Yemen and Libya) must be addressed Huge need in rebuilding the quality of local Higher education system higly affected by war and crisis Reduce the pressure on local hosting communities
  5. 5. Lesson learnt number three: the need to integrate institutional efforts Enhance cooperation with other projects (HOPEs) and improve research on these topics in the UNIMED network (The manifesto on Social Science) Try to design effective CB actions by relying on project experts (MERIC-NET project) Improve the horizontal dimension of efforts trying to find common grounds for cooperation
  6. 6. Lesson learnt number four: not only students, but also Academic Staff Address the needs of Academic staff abroad in order to improve their capacities for providing them new skills Promote shared research projects with local hosting institutions in Neightbourhood countries through a win-win system Help Higher education Institutions is sending countries in re-start their activities and contribute in re-define the future of the country
  7. 7. For more information and questions m.didonato@uni-med.net

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