European Online Course for students and refugees launched

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

During ten weeks 300 participants from refugee and non-refugee background across 15 European countries follow webinars from expert academics and practitioners in the field. Participants meet weekly in small groups in our tailored 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 best performing participants who will interact with EU officials and present their findings.

“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 in order to counter rising stigmatization, marginalization and outright hatred”, commented Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College.  VeCo is a strong partner of the initiative, sending the biggest cohort of students to the course and two professors providing lecture input. The “Virtual Exchange” online course is the second of its kind VeCo participated in. Last year the College cooperated in the project ‘Europe on the Edge’, debating the future of Europe against the backdrop of rising populism.

To find out more about the programme, please visit http://www.sharingperspectivesfoundation.com/euref/.