Initiatives among AEC member institutions 


This section of the website whishes at showcasing initiatives and inspiring practices that are being developed by AEC member institutions. We hope you will find these resources inspiring and useful. If you would like to add an innitiative from your own institution, please send it to We are looking forward to sharing as many best practices as possible!

University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz lives diversity and integration every day, currently students from 68 nations are studying in the institution. Here you will find a list of initiatives regarding the integration of refugees and asylum seekers:
  • July 2015: Institute Strings - During a summer course students gave German and English lessons for Syrian asylum seekers and played music together with Syrian children and adults.
  • December 2015: Benefit concert MUSIC4REFUGEES with more than 500 guests.
  • Ongoing activities: Institute Music Education - In the class for vocal and instrumental music, refugee children and young adults can learn instruments and sing in the choir.
  • MEET4MUSIC is a weekly event where refugees and all other people interested in music have the opportunity to participate in an open ensemble for choir, dance and percussion.
  • Events: Refugees are regularly invited to concerts and other artistic events of the university.
  • UNIKO - an initiative by all Austrian universities, offers academic and artistic courses and seminars to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • More information can be found at 

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

The University offers one-to-one teaching for refugee students interested in learning to play an instrument, music therapy, opening of regular university classes, children's choir, film and music project, joint concerts, workshops led by refugees on local music traditions, everyday life in their home countries, etc. More information will be found here.

Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg

GLOMAS is a highly innovative, interdisciplinary programme that is responsive to new needs arising from globalization in the field of music. GLOMAS brings together musicians from a diverse range of musical and cultural and backgrounds. The programme embraces cultural diversity and aims to educate innovative transcultural musicians and pedagogues with a strong sense of global responsibility. Through the GLOMAS curriculum, students will develop the ability to perform, communicate, collaborate and lead in a wide range of musical, cultural and socially-engaged contexts. Taking inspiration from the richness of cultural diversity, students strive to form their own unique artistic and pedagogical identities within the global context. To access further information on the project please click here.

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

The Sibelius Academy has launched an initiative in the form of an open access music ensemble, which is facilitated by teachers at the University and is open to participants from any of the local refugee centres in Helsinki and its surrounding cities. The ensemble meets once a week and aims to create music together, drawing on knowledge and skills found within the participants. The ensemble also aims to co-create new music through collaboration. More information can be found at

University of Music Trossingen

The University of Music in Trossingen has launched several initiatives which include: Student initiative for integration and language learning through playing music together and giving concerts for asylum seekers of all ages, as well as regular weekly (teaching) events plus performances and concerts. More information here.

University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim

"LEA singt...und Mannheim singt mit" is a project initiated by a couple of students of the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in September 2015. It is a singing group that welcomes everybody with open arms. By singing together with refugees and German citizens we would like to foster the cultural exchange, as nothing connects the people better than music. We sing easy German and English songs, canons, do choir improvisation and sometimes we even dance together. Usually, between 30 and 60 refugees gather at the "Diakoniekirche" in Mannheim Neckarstadt-West every Friday at 3pm. During a 15 minutes break there is the chance for individual exchange over a casual cup of coffee and a piece of cake.


Linnaeus University, Sweden

Concerning the refugees and the settling in of newly-arrived immigrants in society, Linnaeus University acts primarily within the areas of education and research. The university is also working to develop a method for a more efficient validation of newly-arrived immigrants’ skills. "Linnaeus University will work to help people who come to Sweden settle in and become a resource for the Swedish society", says rector Stephen Hwang. Initiatives imclude:
  • Staff members working with unaccompanied refugee children are being trained
  • Different types of training relating to the learning of newly-arrived immigrants
  • Launching of the new “integration and diversity programme”
  • Contributing in the work with validating the skills of newly-arrived academics, in order to make it possible for them to complement their skills quicker and, thereby, getting access to the Swedish labour market quicker. The university has established a full-time position for a person who will work with the establishment of a legally secure and sustainable method for this. Linnaeus University is a leading actor on the national level. "My ambition is that Linnaeus University should be on the forefront in the validation work", says Stephen Hwang. Linnaeus University also has research within the fields of integration and ethnic discrimination, social integration and cultural diversity, and culture and identity meetings.
  • As for collaboration with the surrounding society, the university works, for instance, through the Innovation network at Linnaeus University, in which some 20 organisations collaborate with the university.
  • We are also working to make it possible for university lecturers and administrators to do internships at the university. 
More information can be found at


The Academy of Music in Malmo, Lund University

As an institution within Lund University, the institution helps immigrants of academical background through the initiative "Korta vägen" (*Shorten the Way"), through which they can get access to personal mentorship, subject-specific language training, trainee opportunities etc. So far the University has not had participants in this project in the Music field, but they hope to have so in the future! Further information at