2010/2011

Challenges and creative activities in education and civil society

The first part was conducted under the heading “Challenges and creative activities in education and civil society“, focusing in analysing analysing country-specific problematic issues, challenges and creative activities in education and civil society as well as existing inoovative integrational projects (best-practice projects).

A specific goal for the students to strive for, was

  1. The achievement of a qualified standard of knowledge on the migration policy of the EU and the various countries, and on objectives, measurements, demands and reality;
  2. The identification of current discussions about the term „immigration country“;
  3. The development of criteria to compare innovative municipal and civil society;
  4. Projects for improving educational chances for migrants;
  5. The preparation of proposals for coordinating measurements and its‘ disseminationand;
  6. The increase of awareness for more civic activities.

IP-Program in Växjö/ Sweden

In the current year the workshop took place at the department of Human Sciences

of Linnaeus University Kalmar/Växjö in Sweden. The following persons participated:

  • 1 professor and 8 students of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Austria),
  • 2 professors and 9 students of the Faculty of Economic and Public Administration of University College Ghent (Belgium),
  • 1 professor and 8 students of the Faculty of Public Administration of BSEL (Germany),
  • 1 lecturer and 8 students of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (Poland),
  • 2 lectureres and 11 students of the department of Human Sciences of Linnaeus University Kalmar/Växjö (Sweden).

The lectures of the experts provided an impressive picture of the efforts of the Swedish society to successfully integrate migrants.

Linnaeus University

On 1st January 2010, Linnaeus University opened its doors for the first time as Sweden’s newest university, the result of a merger between Kalmar University and Växjö University. This university is named by Carl von Linné who was born near Växjö. He was possibly the greatest Swedish scientist of all time. The visual identity symbol has been inspirited by Linnaeus’ own books, such as Systema Naturae and the Linnaean Herbarium form 1725.

The Mission of this university is: “Linnaeus University — an attractive international learning environment promoting curiosity, creativity, companionship and utility.”

With 35,000 students and 2,000 employees, Linnaeus University is one of the largest universities in Sweden. This university offers 150 study programmes and 2,500 courses. The concept of close connections is a guiding principle in its work. At Linnaeus University there is an active student life, with close relations between students, researchers and other members of staff.

Linnaeus university is to a large extend involved in international exchange programmes for students, lectures and other academic staff. Every year more than 1,500 international students decide to study in Kalmar or Växjö and 500 Swedish students go abroad.

Växjö is a municipality with 82,000 inhabitants in midst of the province Småland, which is situated in the southern part of Sweden. The city holds the label „ Green City“ and is surrounded by the lake Helgasjön and pine forests. Campus Växjö was built with centralised teaching facilities, dormitories and other facilities, using the example of an American campus.