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 email@example.com. We are looking forward to sharing as many best practices as possible!
University of Music and Performing Arts GrazThe 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 www.kug.ac.at
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg
Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
University of Music Trossingen
University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim
Linnaeus University, SwedenConcerning 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.