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Report On Erasmus-Travel to Groningen


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Report On Erasmus-Travel to Groningen

  1. 1. Report on Erasmus-Exchange to Hanzehogeschool Groningen 1.4.2009 to 4.4.2009 ( Hanze University Groningen is the largest University of Applied Sciences in the northern part of the Netherlands and is located in the vibrant student city Groningen. Hanze University has a wide variety of Bachelor Programmes, Master Programmes, Certificate Programmes, Exchange Programmes, Dual Degree Programmes and Preparatory Courses. The university is situated a little bit outside the city so as to gibe enough space for the campus, which now consists of a number of modern buildings that seem to meet the best standards and supply ample room for teaching and studying. The City of Groningen is rather impressive because of the many students (more than 40.000) that dominate public and cultural life. Schooling and education probably are the biggest part of Groningens economical turnover. The town meets all classical clichees of a typical Netherland city with it’s Graachten, drawbridges, houseboats and thousands of bicycles. In the first 7 weeks of the summer semester the faculty of Social Studies ran a program on migration and integration. The end of this part was marked by an Erasmus Exchange program, inviting 5 teachers from different universities to talk about their experience in their countries. David Urban from České Budějovice ( Czech Republic), Elisabeth Welser and myself from St.Pölten / Austria, Connie Gunderson from Bremen / Germany and Saleh Mousavi from Porsgrunn / Norway My part was a lecture on international, European and Austrian law concerning foreigners and asylum seekers. The lecture consisted of an introduction into the legal framework of the United Nations (Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Status of Refugees), the European Union and Council of Europe (Charta of Fundamental Rights, Charta of Social Rights) and of Austria (Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz, Fremdenpolizeigesetz). The second part of the lecture was a discussion of what this legal framework means to us social workers and how the political development influences the
  2. 2. opportunities and chances of integration of foreigners and protection of refugees in Austria and Europe. As the number of students was rather large they were devided into 4 groups. We gave the lectures twice on Thursday and twice on Friday. The groups on Thursday were rather overcrowded and on Friday rather small, which probably had it’s background in a clever weekend-engineering of the students. Bert Gijsbers from the Hanzehogeschool was responsible for the program. He gave us a very warm welcome, introduced us to his colleagues and organized meetings with some staff of the university, including the dean Han de Ruiter. He also gave us a great opportunity to get to know the city of Groningen and it’s gastronomical miracles. After the lectures we made a quick evaluation of the program. Everybody seemed to be pleased, a continuation of this program appears to be quite recommendable. There should be provisions next time to make it possible for the lecturers to take part in each others lectures, so that there is more exchange within the staff. An evaluation by the students is to be undertaken 2 weeks later, to see how they liked the program. I like to thank Bert Gijsbers for his work! MagFh Sepp Ginner 0043 680 1259586