WELCOME – Welcome to Universities and Higher education

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  • To improve and extend the offer of high quality learning opportunities so to make it easier for refugees to access higher education
  • To achieve transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning, employability and labour mobility
  • To focus on adult education institutions, which undertake important work in terms of determining
    competences, qualifications and providing guidance before people start studying, as well as on Higher
    Education Institutions and universities of applied sciences, which can cooperate with adult education
    institutions to shape access and transition to tertiary education.


Intensive programmes for teaching staff through study laboratories – study visits to share and learn from
good practice projects, combined with discussions of actions and methodologies at partner organisations:

  • VNB: competence checks, qualification, guidance in AMIF, the Open University of Lower Saxony
    and Kiron University
  • uniT: creative and artistic work in the study spaces (guidance, competence portfolios), Austrian
    universities’ project for refugees and asylum seekers (More) and the work at FH Joanneum University
    of Applied Sciences
  • CESIE: Creative and artistic approach to own work in mentoring, competence checks,
    qualifications and guidance. Cooperation projects with the University of Palermo
  • CARDET: Expertise in e-learning; cooperation projects with the University of Nicosia
  • VIFIN: Expertise in designing online language courses. Vifin also cooperates with Vejle
    Municipality, Danish Universities and companies for a SMART U (smart-u.dk), where it is possible
    for municipal employees and residents to take an online university degree or training course.


  • WELCOME Study Laboratories. The visits are integrated into the work of the consortium partners and
    distributed to important stakeholders on a political and administrative level
  • WELCOME Learning materials


  • Coordinator: uniT – Verein für Kultur an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria)
  • VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration (Denmark)
  • VNB – Verein Niedersächsischer Bildungsinitiativen e.V. (Germany)
  • CARDET Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology Ltd (Cyprus)
  • CESIE (Italy)

The project

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Date of the project

01/10/2016 – 30/09/2018

DG of reference

DG EAC, Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for ADULT education




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