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Generate added value for refugees and for the university as a whole

 
Menschen auf der Flucht – die FH JOANNEUM hilft

Refugees on the run – FH JOANNEUM cares

During the great movement of refugees in 2015, many universities in Austria launched programmes and aid measures for refugees. For its part, FH JOANNEUM organised a wide range of projects with the initiative "People on the run - FH JOANNEUM helps", which generated added value not only for refugees but for the entire university. As in 2015, FH JOANNEUM is now doing everything it can to actively support people in or from Ukraine.

FH JOANNEUM is very concerned by the current events in the Ukraine. Our solidarity goes out to the people in Ukraine, and we are very concerned about their lives and well-being.

The International Office is coordinating the support for Ukraine at FH JOANNEUM. If you would like to contribute something yourself or have information on the topic, please send it by e-mail to ukraine@fh-joanneum.at. We will then make them available to everyone.

Finally, we would like to emphasize that FH JOANNEUM shares the conviction that tolerance, respect, and non-violence as well as respect for human rights are fundamental academic values. Diversity of opinion and free exchange of views are the basis for peaceful and respectful coexistence.

Note:

Thank you for your interest in the German courses for Ukrainian refugees. Between March and May 2022, with the help of generous donors, a total of 32 courses for 700+ participants could start! Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to register for a German course. However, we are in the process of organising a summer programme for the months of July to September and ask you to regularly visit this homepage www.fh-joanneum.at/refugees to check the current status. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Благодарим вас за интерес к курсам немецкого языка для украинских беженцев. С середины марта до начала мая 2022 года в общей сложности 32 курса для более чем 700 участников смогли стартовать с помощью щедрых доноров! К сожалению, регистрация на курсы немецкого языка больше невозможна. Однако мы находимся в процессе организации летней программы на месяцы с июля по сентябрь и просим вас регулярно посещать нашу домашнюю страницу www.fh-joanneum.at/refugees для проверки текущего состояния дел. Благодарим вас за понимание и терпение.

At the moment we offer following support and services:

Course admission and studying at FH JOANNEUM

We have introduced a simplified admission process for persons with a higher education background. For more information please scroll down (pdf available!). Furthermore, Ukrainians interested in studying can contact us via this form on the subject of "Studying at FH JOANNEUM". In addition, there will be a study information afternoon on 2 May 2022 in the Audimax at 15:30!

Languages and German as a foreign language
  • Refugees can also take part in free German and culture courses at all three campuses (Graz, Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg) and therefore become part of real student life. On successful completion of the courses, they are awarded a certificate with a grade and ECTS points. Registration at https://fhj.to/german-courses-ukraine! Thanks to the numerous donations, 32 German courses for 700+ participants started between March and May 2022. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to register for a German course. However, we are in the process of organising a summer programme for the months of July to September 2022 and ask you to regularly visit this homepage to check the current status.

  • Refugees can also participate in language courses at CAMPUS LinguaNEUM.

  • At FH JOANNEUM’s ÖSD examination centre, refugees have the opportunity to complete internationally recognised ÖSD examinations at all levels, free-of-charge.

Art and Culture

As a partner of "Hungry for Art and Culture", the International Relations Office at FH JOANNEUM has been authorized to issue so-called "Culture Passes" since March 2022. These benefit all those who would like to participate in cultural life but cannot afford to do so. More information is available directly at https://hakuk.st/ or by e-mail to daf@fh-joanneum.at.

Interculturalism and projects
  • The R.U.D.I. programme (‘respectful, united, diverse, intercultural’) which focuses on intercultural communication and competence brings together refugees and students to exchange ideas, languages and cultures on various courses. They are also awarded a certificate with a grade and ECTS points on successful completion of the course.

  • Students and refugees introduce their homelands as part of the Cultural Diversity/Cultural Evenings events: this emphasises the cultural diversity at FH JOANNEUM and encourages reflection and discussion about interculturalism.

  • In the research project "Climate Sins" with KUNSTLABOR Graz, participants are developing a series of posters that will be presented and exhibited at FH JOANNEUM at the end of the semester. In addition, a podcast will discuss climate sins and possible perspectives.

Exhibitions and talks
  • The publicly accessible exhibition at FH JOANNEUM on ‘People in time and space’ by the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum gives visitors the chance to recognise just how much potential, zest for life, eagerness, creative drive and a willingness to learn is embodied in the young people who have come to Austria so full of hope, and usually under the most adverse conditions.
Financing

In order to finance these numerous projects, a donations account was set up in autumn 2015, which also receives the proceeds from the annual charity book flea market at the FH JOANNEUM library.

Education and further education

The certificate course in accordance with § 9 FHG "German Language Competence course for IT and Engineering Programmes", which prepares applicants who are not native speakers of German at level A2 for the prescribed German level B2 will start in the academic year 2022/23. It ends with taking the ÖSD examination "Zertifikat Deutsch B2" at the internal FHJ examination centre. The participants also prepare specifically for a possible placement test and/or the entrance interview. From the very beginning, participants will have close contact with the chosen degree programme and, if they wish, will take part in courses, projects and exercises. Finally, they will get to know all relevant degree programme facilities and FH services that support students during their studies (e.g. laboratories, library, etc.). Participants are supported by the International Relations office during the certificate programme and are involved in intercultural activities and events. For more information you can write directly at sdz@fh-joanneum.at!

Since 2015, the following measures have already been implemented as part of the initiative:

Course admission

We have introduced a simplified admission process for young adults with a higher education background. For more information please scroll down (pdf available!).

Languages and German as a foreign language
  • During the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years, employees at FH JOANNEUM offered free German courses for unaccompanied, underage refugees.

  • Asylum seekers provide assistance during Arabic classes at FH JOANNEUM Bad Gleichenberg as native speakers.

  • Refugees can also take part in free German and culture courses at all three campuses (Graz, Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg) and therefore become part of real student life. On successful completion of the courses, they are awarded a certificate with a grade and ECTS points. From winter term 15/16 to summer term 2020 over 500 refugees° took part in one ore more German courses. In summer term 2020 refugees also participated in language courses at CAMPUS LinguaNEUM for the first time.

° This number is the sum of participating persons per semester.

  • At FH JOANNEUM’s ÖSD examination centre, refugees have the opportunity to complete internationally recognised ÖSD examinations at all levels, free-of-charge.
Interculturalism and projects
  • The R.U.D.I. programme (‘respectful, united, diverse, intercultural’) which focuses on intercultural communication and competence brings together refugees and students to exchange ideas, languages and cultures on various courses. They are also awarded a certificate with a grade and ECTS points on successful completion of the course.

  • The Culture and Integration Ambassadors (KIBo, ‘Kultur- und IntegrationsbotschafterInnen’) project launched in 2017 as part of a cooperative agreement between the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Archaeology & Coin Collection department) and the International Relations department at FH JOANNEUM introduced participants to the past, history and culture of Styria and its neighbouring regions. The project was about reinforcing knowledge and competence in many regards. It also enabled the participants to improve their language skills, to discover cultural similarities and differences between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ homeland and encounter people and myths in time and space.

  • Workshops such as ‘Festivals and parties – how people celebrated and celebrate’ at the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum (May 2017) provide people from different cultures with knowledge of everyday issues. These include interactive elements as part of the communal learning process (e.g. pottery, cooking etc.)

  • Students and refugees introduce their homelands as part of the Cultural Diversity/Cultural Evenings events: this emphasises the cultural diversity at FH JOANNEUM and encourages reflection and discussion about interculturalism.

  • In sport, people can understand each other without speaking the same language. Our sporting events are therefore particularly ideal for overcoming intercultural barriers: whether ice-skating, bowling or a golf taster course; whether a multi-day walk, dance workshop or semester course for the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira – our sporting events offer a wide range of options for discovering one’s own personal talents. Exhibitions and talks

Exhibitions and talks
  • The publicly accessible exhibition at FH JOANNEUM on ‘People in time and space’ by the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum gives visitors the chance to recognise just how much potential, zest for life, eagerness, creative drive and a willingness to learn is embodied in the young people who have come to Austria so full of hope, and usually under the most adverse conditions.

  • As part of the FLUCHT.weg.EU and AT FLUCHT.ort.AT series of talks on refugees, a panel of experts discussed current issues relating to politics, science and civil society.

  • In cooperation with ICOM Austria and the Schloss Eggenberg Archaeology Museum, a talk on ‘The lost treasures of humanity in the crisis region of the Middle East’ took place at FH JOANNEUM, exploring the dangers to cultural heritage in warzones.

Financing

In order to finance these numerous projects, a donations account was set up in autumn 2015, which also receives the proceeds from the annual charity book flea market at the FH JOANNEUM library.

Education and further education
  • The ‘2B2’ German course (‘to B2’ for ‘to level B2’) initiated and carried out by the International Relations department and funded by AMS (Public Employment Service Austria) was completed by 13 recognised refugees based on the successful completion of 208 teaching units from the end of April to the end of July 2017. 10 participants also received the ÖSD language certificate B2.

  • From the summer term of 2020, refugees will be offered a tailor-made training programme in the field of software engineering, in cooperation with the Vienna-based start-up everyone codes. The aim of this nine-month programme s to support refugees with developing and building on their programming skills so as to improve their chances on the employment market. After completing the basic theory, an internship with a partner company is planned.

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