Unimed and Migrants Project: dissemination and events

Within the Migrants Project, UNIMED is in charge of the Dissemination Plan and it has been organising the dissemination events to spread the news about the project and the MA in Migration Studies enrollment.

Curious about their work? Keep reading the interview!

How did you come up with the idea of the Migrants Project?
UNIMED is a network of more than 100 universities all around the Mediterranean, whose main objective is promoting academic cooperation and ensuring an accessible and inclusive education.
The MIGRANTS project perfectly fits those two goals; it is a unique opportunity to create a knowledge exchange between different countries on the front line for the migration phenomenon.
UNIMED’s involvement comes from a longstanding and reliable collaboration with the project’s partners, especially with the University of Palermo, a UNIMED member since 1991, and with the Tunisian universities.

What does it mean for you?
Partnering in the MIGRANTS project means a lot to a network as UNIMED, being movement, exchange and sharing core values of our mission.
UNIMED works hard for a quality, cutting-edge and socially responsible education.
MIGRANTS works for a quality Master’s degree, on a global current compelling issue, and makes a difference to the wellbeing of our communities.

How is the partnership?
The MIGRANTS ‘partnership’s composition is an added value for the project. It gathers together higher education institutions, an association of universities, and specialist NGOs working for human rights, social inclusion, and democracy.
The multi-stakeholder structure brings about a motion of points of view, approaches, priorities and solutions, which is an invaluable richness for the project.

Which are the most important results of your action?
As a network, UNIMED is in charge of the dissemination of the project. What is not known and does not spread, is not happening. Or at least it will have a limited impact.
The action of UNIMED in the project aims to disseminate activities and results outside the project, making them accessible and potentially replicable in different contexts.
In addition, UNIMED works to strengthen the network of stakeholders who can contribute to ensuring sustainability, at local, regional and international level.

Which objectives for the future?
The first objective for the future is to guarantee the sustainability of the Master’s degree which contributes for its part to shape a generation and to change society.
Apart from that: Keeping working for quality education, dynamically enriching training in terms of contents and innovative teaching methods, exploring job placement opportunities and increasingly matching training and work, promoting regional integration and fostering new opportunities.

What about difficulties and the challenges?
Among issues external to the project, it is necessary to mention Covid-19, which has upset the planning of activities and the methods of implementation.
Furthermore, a joint curriculum development implies challenges because each university has its own rules, its own times, its own approach, and coordinating them to find a point of contact is a worthwhile effort.
The post-Master’s aspect is also a very challenging topic, because it brings with it several external difficulties that can hinder expectations.

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