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Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation

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Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation

🎓Validation of prior learning opens up possibilities and supports diversity in learning-pathways. We from VINCE project believe this supports the inclusion of new citizens in Higher Education and in society in general. ✌️This discussion group is for academic & administrative staff in HE, migrants, refugees, new citizens, world citizens and everyone who is interested in inclusion, opening up learning pathways and validation! 👉Discuss with us about challenges, risks and chances - because we do not want to just sit and watch, but participate in shaping our future!
Isabell Gru
Isabell Gru shared Zeit im Bild's video to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.8 hours ago
Unfortunately a video in German language, but still interesting: Many refugees are teachers by profession. Since their arrival in Austria ️🇦🇹️ many have learned German very well. At the university of Vienna, there is a study programme to prepare them for teaching 👩‍🏫 in Austria! One step further for the inclusion of refugees in Austria! 🤗

Have you heard about similar programs for teachers who had to flee from their home country in other European countries?
Isabell Gru
Zeit im Bild
Lehrer aus Syrien und dem Irak: Viele geflüchtete Lehrer sprechen mittlerweile sehr gut Deutsch. Einige davon könnten bald auch in Österreich unterrichten – ein Lehrgang der Universität Wien bereitet sie darauf vor.
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.11 hours ago
https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/european-training-calendar/training/developing-and-adapting-non-formal-education-methods-to-the-needs-of-young-refugees.6879/

A colleague just made me aware of this course offer, which might be of particular interest for our Austrian colleagues.

''Developing and adapting non-formal education methods to the needs of young refugees'' Training Course
11-17 December 2017 | Schloss Stibichhofen Trofaiach, Austria

The Application Deadline is 30 September 2017.
Isabell Gru
Isabell Gru shared VINCE project's post to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.1 week ago
Hi there! 🙂
Just stumbled upon an EU project, which supports peer reviews of institutions providing VNIL for quality assurance of the validation process.
I think this is also a good way to exchange practices and to see how others are validating! Maybe it is also a way how a community of practice could emerge?

Furthermore, the peer review idea might also be interesting for the validation procedure itself, not only for the institutions. I've read in a chapter of https://www.amazon.de/Validierung-von-Lernergebnissen-Recognition-beruflichen/dp/3763911472 that some adult learners would prefer peer review instead the review of a, for them, "so called" expert as they often doubt that this expert could truly judge what they are capable of.
Ola Abbas
Ola Abbas2 weeks ago
Dear group members. After taking the permission from the group admin, I would like to ask for a favour. I just finished my masters in higher education management. My thesis topic is about how to prepare refugees for better integration in higher education (Austrian context). I am currently looking for a job in the field of education for refugees. Through my research, I created educational integration framework that include four stages. If you work in an institution or you know someone who would consider me for a job offer, please contact me. Thanks in advance 🙂
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.2 weeks ago
https://erwachsenenbildung.at/aktuell/nachrichten_details.php?nid=9674

hi Isabell, do you know more about these Austrian initiatives, in particular the language and qualifications portfolio (SQuP) offered to refugees?
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.2 weeks ago
https://www.tichyseinblick.de/kolumnen/alexander-wallasch-heute/deutschlands-markenzeichen-duale-ausbildung-in-gefahr/

German conservative press warns, lightweight validation of migrants' prior learning could undermine quality standards of dual training system (in German language)