University of Geneva hosts International Symposium on Global Migration
InZone to run expert workshop on Higher Education and Protection
International migration has found recognition as one of the key concerns to be addressed by the international community. Several recent initiatives pay tribute to this development: the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants on 19 September 2016 in New York; the Leaders' Summit on Refugees the following day; and the inclusion of migration and human mobility in the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as in the Decision adopting the 2015 Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).
This symposium is a joint initiative by the University of Geneva and UC Davis in collaboration with the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It brings together leading researchers, high-level representatives and experts from International Organizations and NGOs working in the field of international migration. The purpose is to exchange knowledge and perspectives and thereby identify priorities for future research and to draft recommendations for political action in line with these global initiatives.
The symposium will include a series of different events:
- Closed expert workshops (10th October 2016, 8h00 - 17h00)
- Public high level panel (10th of October 2016, Uni Bastions, 18h00 - 20h30)
- Public conference (11th of October 2016, Uni Bastions, 9h00 - 18h00)
On 10 October 2016, InZone will run a half-day closed expert workshop on Higher Education and Protection. The workshop aims to explore the following topics:
- What are the major issues facing migrant and refugee youth globally, particularly their needs with respect to higher education?
- What are advocacy points to support prioritization of higher education programs for refugees?
- What is the role of academic institutions in higher education in emergencies?
- What is the role of humanitarian organisations and NGOs in higher education in emergencies?
Invited speakers include representatives of the University of Geneva, German-Jordanian University, Kenyatta University, Norrag, UNHCR, the British Council, and the University of California Davis.
The full program for the workshop can be downloaded here.