Academic Refuge Staff Training Week

We were welcoming 60 participants to the Academic Refuge Staff training week in Oslo 19-23 June 2017. The staff training had two modules and multiple target groups. Module one: Understanding Academic Freedom and related Higher Education Values; Module two: Welcoming Refugees and Threatened Academics to Campus

Staff training participants 2017

The staff training week took advantage of the longest days and shortest nights of the year, so that participants from 20 countries in Europe could get the most out of their stay. We received more than 110 applications from many engaged colleagues with exiting initiatives. Sixty participants were selected and met for a week of experience sharing and lively discussions.

Who was the Academic Refuge staff training for?

This staff training course was aimed at academic and administrative staff of all levels, especially those involved in welcoming refugees and threatened academics on campus. We welcomed Vice-Rectors for Internationalisation, IROs, staff working on inclusion and widening participation, those with an interest in instruments for promoting higher education values and those involved in negotiating or implementing inter-university partnerships. Successful candidates for the training all had a strong interest and capacity to replicate the training at their home institutions and/or at other institutions. Refugee academics or professionals currently in teaching or administrative positions were strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Module one:Understanding Academic Freedom and Related Higher Education Values (Mon-Wed)
  • Module two: Welcoming Refugees and Threatened Academics to Campus (Wed-Fri)
  • Multiplier event combining topics from both Modules (Wed)

Further details about the programme

Open Multiplier event 21 June (1 day)

Academic Refuge: The Role of Universities in Turbulent Times

  • The multiplier event aimed to raise the profile of these issues with a wider group of interested organizations and institutions
    • Local government, politicians, civil society organizations
    • Human rights organizations, educational institutions incl. adult education
    • Higher education institutions
  • Featured speakers included university leaders, the Norwegian Minister for Education, the Principal Adviser for Migration at the European Commission and more

Application and selection process for the staff training week

Participants were selected according to the Academic Refuge selection criteria.

Report from the Academic Refuge Staff Training

Do you want to learn more about our staff training week, read the Academic Refuge staff training report (PDF)

The Academic Refuge Partners

The ‘Academic Refuge’ project is a partnership between the University of Oslo, the Scholars at Risk Network, UNICA and the University of Ljubljana. It is funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships Key Action 2, managed by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU).

Published Nov. 17, 2016 9:53 AM - Last modified Aug. 6, 2020 7:51 PM