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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!
Marc Singer
Marc Singer shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.3 days ago
Some noteworthy initiatives working to bring education to refugees:
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.2 days ago
http://www.learningfutures.eu/2017/07/open-recognition-and-its-enemies-1-the-genesis-of-open-badges/

Just discovered this exciting blog post, which raises some critical questions on formal recognition of informal learning.

The current sub-text of VNIL seems to say, "that there is no recognition, at least, no valuable recognition, if not performed by or within an authoritative institution —school, college, university, employer, public authority, etc."

However, by following existing goals, values, and curriculum of the formal education system and surrounding VNIL with standards and frameworks regarding “informal competencies, we might constrain the kinds and ways that learning could be recognized and there is a certain risk that we take away the freedom and intrinsic value from informal learning.

Think this is some good food for thought, hoping it doesn't lead us too far away from our key topics 😉
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine2 weeks ago
Only recently a number of pilot projects have started their work here in Germany. Their mission is to support refugees towards making the transition to Higher Education. The first results make evident that complex arrangements must be found in order to make transitions a success.

First of all, refugees in order to make a living in the new country need income. So, most of them go for a job, rather than university studies. Secondly, many refugees are uncertain about their future because of unresolved asylum status. Both factors make it difficult to motivate them for a university study.

Moreover, the first results from the above mentioned pilot projects make evident, that refugees in order to meet the requirements for HEI access need to spend an enormous amount of time and effort into extra-curricular learning activities, such as language courses, computer courses, courses about scientific working methods and basic seminars in the subject of the study.

By participating in those pilot projects and their obligatory course programs, the refugees are given a transitory status. They are enroled, but without formal student status. So, the courses represent a kind of "non-formal" learning, which after succesful completion gets awarded with ECTS credits.
Mihaela Rozman
Mihaela Rozman shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.1 week ago
I see a cross dissemination opportunity in collaboration with inHere project. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=811829458991285&id=544043739103193
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine
Randolph Preisinger-Kleine shared a link to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.2 weeks ago
The European Commission just released the new "EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals".

The EU Skills Profile tool is meant to support early identification of the skills of refugees, migrants and other third country nationals.

It's part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, which launches a number of actions to ensure that the right training, skills and support is available to European citizens.

The tool is intended for use by any service that may be offering assistance services to third country nationals and aims to get to know the individual, their skills and experiences and provide recommendations on next steps.

The tool is not intended to recognise or authenticate skills.
The demo version is available at:

Isabell Gru
Isabell Gru shared VINCE project's post to the group: Support Refugees: Access to Higher Education through Validation.2 weeks ago
Have you heard about Kiron Open Higher Education? Or refugees who are taking courses at KIron/ sucessfully joined HE through Kiron?
Any experiences?
Are there similar open online learning initiatives for transition to HE in other EU countries?