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 European Projects

University College Roosevelt, in line with the Anglo-Saxon Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition, considers contributing to critical global citizenship the core objective of higher education. This takes shape in many different ways: By simply living together with fellow students from all over the world and learning about their lives and viewpoints. By learning how to take a well-founded, scholarly perspective on a wide range of topics and presenting your views orally and in writing. By joining the debate club, or partaking in a Model United Nations contest. UCR also offers special courses like Going Glocal, in which students not only spend time in Namibia or Mexico, but also teach about their experiences in Dutch classrooms.

In line with striving to contribute to critical global citizenship, UCR is part of several European projects.  



 ​SIREE: Social Integration of Refugees through Education and Self-EmploymentLogo_SIREE.jpg

Over 1.2m refugees arrived in Europe in 2016, 147,815 within the 2 Seas region alone creating pressures and challenges on the host communities. A population surge creating a high costly demand on public purse €10,000p refugee/year to meet the needs of the new arrivals and integrate them into the local economy. The regions struggle with the challenges of refugee family inclusion into education and economic independence exposing a population of lost economic potential. The regional school systems fail to effectively integrate refugee children characterized by missed school years, facing an alien education system and ill-informed teachers. Fragile refugee children find it difficult to integrate into the system, absenteeism is high, parental involvement with school is low.  Partner research shows an appetite for refugee enterprise but exposes a gap due to the limitations of partner specialist knowledge and experience to deliver.

The project aims to improve the social and economic integration of refugees in the partner regions and wider 2 Sea area by co-creating and introducing new demonstrations to increase the engagement of refugees in the education process and to improve the economic independence of refugees through self-employment. It will tackle the key societal challenge of social exclusion by increasing the access to education and self-employment through the methodology of co-creation. In education 40 new learning communities will be co-created resulting in: 10% increase in parents’ involvement in the education of children, 20% increase in pre-school children attending school, 10% increase in adult education. 450 teachers better equipped to support refugees as a result of the new training course developed. Co-creation will be used to generate 50 new refugee businesses, generate 40 new jobs (with the potential of 516) and 4 new refugee business networks to support long term enterprise development.


CoHESION: CitizensHip Education on Social InclusION

The project develops and enhances citizenship curricula at both primary and secondary level and delivers school based support for families concerned about radicalization. These curricula are fully inclusive, designed to benefit every student who receives them, to build social inclusion and the awareness of it amongst these pupils and, in doing so, to work against radicalization. The curricula do not single out ethnic, religious, gender or minority groups; instead they work on enhancing cohesion. Teachers will be trained to stimulate awareness amongst pupils, from a very early age, of the importance of inclusion and participation in an omnicultural society. Parents will be given information on radical groups, brought into contact with other parents who share similar concerns and supported in an inclusive, open way specifically designed to reduce stigma and taboo, enhance social bonding and to promote positive contact between schools and parents. The objective of this element will be to create self-sustaining networks for knowledge exchange and inter group support and, ultimately, to prevent radicalization by fostering strong family ties, weighing heavily against the radical message. Young people who may otherwise have been vulnerable to radical narratives will hereby be re-amalgamated into society.



i-4-1 HEALTH

i-4-1-Health is a cross-border project in which the presence and spread of antibiotic resistant (insensitive) bacteria at care institutions, nurseries and livestock farming in the Flemish-Dutch border region are made clear.

In the i-4-1-Health project, the network between hospitals, public health services, knowledge institutes and companies is strengthened at both national borders. In addition, two innovations are being developed: the Infection RIsico Scan (IRIS) and a Track and Trace System (TTS) for resistant bacteria.




 Terra II

Within the TERRA II program, UCR developed educational tools to foster emotional and social skills as well as mutual understanding among young people. TERRA II program is funded by the European Commission and brings together four international institutions and researchers working on different aspects of radicalization.​ Find more about the project here​