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European Universities for an Open World

Openness, tolerance and inclusiveness are fundamental university values, and diversity of opinion and the free exchange of ideas are the basis of all academic teaching and research. European universities in particular have a long history of cooperating beyond national boundaries be it in Europe or with partners around the world.

Over the past decades cooperation has flourished with the support of national and European policies and funding. EUA’s 
2015 Trends report shows that increased internationalisation has been one of the most important developments for universities in recent years. This trend is expected to continue as a result of increase in student numbers globally and a growing interest in Europe as a study destination. The world is facing complex and interconnected challenges that require global solutions, making it essential for today’s students to become not only European but global citizens.

EUA therefore calls on universities and their communities to reassert their commitment to the fundamental values of openness, tolerance and solidarity, by opposing any form of racism, discrimination and national stereotyping; by unreservedly committing to an open society; and by encouraging other societal actors to do the same.

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refugeeswelcome-titleWith the Refugees Welcome Map campaign, EUA aims to showcase and document the commitment of higher education institutions and organisations in supporting the refugees. Their initiatives and activities are collected via a brief survey  and presented in an interactive map, which will be continuously updated. While contribution is still possible, first mapping results and stories from the ground are available here

Why should you contribute to the map?

  • It will make your and other universities’ initiatives for refugees more visible to society at large and policy makers in particular.
  • It will also encourage other universities to follow your example and allow exchange of good practice.
  • It will also allow you to receive information about other initiatives, projects and funding opportunities related to the issue.
  • It can help to facilitate partnerships, as it allows you to indicate if you are principally interested in direct exchange and cooperation with individual institutions and organisations (optional).

science4refugeesEUA supports the European Commission’s “Science4Refugees” initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs.

Science4Refugees is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion portal, a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to find jobs and pursue their research careers in Europe.

EUA calls on its members to stand up against any form of xenophobia, and to defend the basic university values of openness, tolerance and diversity against the backdrop of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. 

You can show support for the initiative by including the 'European Universities for an Open World' logo on your website, email signature and by promoting the initiative on social media.

Download the logo here.

Read the press release of 11 November 2015 here.

European University Association (EUA)

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