Arab and German Education

Migration and Transnational Cooperation




Migration and Transnational Cooperation in Education, Research and Innovation, 2 - 3 May 2016, Berlin, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Kapelle-Ufer 1, 10117 Berlin.

Migration and flight open up a wide variety of chances and cause at the same time major challenges to societies in the Arab world as well as in Europe, including Germany. The AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education provided new impetus on migration issues, in particular from Arab perspectives, and discussed on education across boarders. In five thematic workshops renowned scientists and highranking experts addressed the following topics:

  • Integrating migrants into the university
  • Innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Online and blended learning initiatives and institutions
  • Teacher education and education research
  • Migration research and education

Furthermore, the event offered a dialogue platform for Arab and German university presidents to enhance the mutual recognition of conditions and requirements in the respective higher education systems and to facilitate circular migration of students and scientists.


During the two-day event a poster presentation of initiatives and projects supporting migrants/refugees in education was displayed.

In the framework of a competition AGYA acknowledged the best initiatives and projects with an AGYA Award:

1. Jusoor

Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement.

2. NaTakallam

pairs students learning Arabic with displaced Syrians in Lebanon and beyond, for conversation-focused sessions over the internet.

3. Conquer Babel AND StARS: St. Andrew's Refugee Services

Conquer Babel offers free German classes, translation and further social services to overcome language barriers and isolation between refugees and local citizens in and around the city of Göttingen.


StARS provides educational services to refugee children of a wide spectrum of refugee communities in Cairo who have no access to state schools.


Overall 16 initiatives had been selected to present their poster:


The conference was realized with the kind support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Photos by AGYA/Andreas Paasch

Member in Charge


Vanessa Lux

is a research fellow at AE Genetic Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

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AGYA Recommendations on Migration and Higher Education

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