Breaking boundaries, borders and walls: What role for universities?

Refugees’ access to higher education: MOOCs and virtual exchange

12th April 2017, 16.30

Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internationali,

Aula N, Via del Santo 28,


This is the first of a series of 4 seminars organized by Next Generation Global Studies and the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies on the theme  Breaking boundaries, borders and walls: What role for universities? 
In this seminar two projects led by NGOs in partnership with universities will be presented and discussed with participants.
Manuela Verduci will present the work of Kiron Open Higher Education, an NGO which offers tailor-made curricula of MOOCs to refugees which are recognized by partner universities. These curricula have been developed in four areas of study: Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Computer Science, and Engineering.  The curricula are embedded in an ecosystem of support services, including online tutorials with academics, student buddy and mentoring programs and Study Hubs run by local partners. Kiron are interested in cooperating with students and lecturers at European universities in a variety of ways.
Casper van der Heijden will present the Sharing Perspectives Foundation (SPF), an NGO dedicated to providing students and academics from across the globe with an opportunity to collaboratively study contemporary themes. Their virtual exchange programmes stimulate students and academics to cooperate effectively through new media technology and social networks. SPF is currently running a virtual exchange called Refuge/es which involves around 300 university students and refugees across Europe and beyond engaging in dialogue and collaborative research over a period of 10 weeks.