European Online Course for students and refugees launched

Vesalius College, in cooperation with the educational NGO Sharing Perspectives Foundation, launches an intensive online course on “European Refuge(es): Critical Dialogue on the ‘crisis’ by refugees and non-refugees,” funded by the European Commission.

The Sharing Perspectives Foundation is composed of nine European Universities and two European refugee organizations.

During the ten-week course 300 participants spread across 15 European countries from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds will follow webinars from expert academics and practitioners in the field.

Participants meet weekly in small groups in a virtual classroom to explore their perspectives on the refugee ‘crisis’ and what it means to be a citizen in Europe. All participants jointly conduct a European-wide research into youth perceptions on these issues across different national and socioeconomic boundaries. The programme culminates in a summit held in Brussels for the top performing students who will present their findings to EU officials.

“Vesalius College is proud to be part of this important and timely initiative, fostering an important dialogue, but hopefully also many strong personal links between students, refugees and decision-makers to counter rising stigmatization, marginalization and outright hatred,” commented Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College. 

Vesalius College is a strong partner of the initiative, sending the biggest cohort of students to the course and two professors providing lecture input.

This is the third “Virtual Exchange” online course that Vesalius will participate in.  Last years the College cooperated in the project ‘Europe on the Edge,’ debating the future of Europe against the backdrop of rising populism.

Find out more about this innovative programme.