More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, resulting in the largest refugee crisis since World War II. This creates challenges for the single individuals and for the society they join that also higher education institutions may contribute to solve.
Many organizations and higher education institutions in Europe have developed initiatives to respond to this crisis, such as creating website to coordinate help (University of Vienna) or providing traineeship positions to refugees at the University (University of Gothenburg, University of Oslo).
In Norway, the University of Oslo called for an academic dugnad - "a Norwegian word meaning help, good deed and describing a group of people doing voluntary work together for a specific purpose, as an extraordinary effort to create something of lasting value. The dugnad spirit is considered an important part of Norwegian culture", and many higher education institutions have responded to the call by arranging various type of activities.
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences joins the Academic Dugnad by collecting useful links and arranging or participating in activities which will be announced here below.
- EUA Refugee Welcome Map: The European University Association (EUA) has developed a map collecting information about all the initiatives that higher education institutions have undertaken or are developing in response to the crisis.
- EU Science4Refugees Initiative
- Overview on Norwegian Language on-line Resources free of charge (collected by the University of Oslo)
- The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT): among other things, the Agency works with recognition of foreign qualifications.
- The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS): it coordinates the admission to ordinary undergraduate study programs at all universities, university colleges, and some private university colleges in Norway. Here you may find information about general and language requirements to apply for a degree in Norway.