In 2015, around 160,000 people sought asylum in Sweden on the run from wars, conflicts and threats. A large proportion of these have academic educations. Umeå University is now working hard to support newly arrived academics in order to make the most of these individual's professional qualifications.
Fast-track, bridging programmes, trainee programmes and work placements, proficiency and aptitude tests, networks and seminars – several activities are ready to be started or are already at full speed for newly arrived academics to find a way into Umeå University and the Swedish society.
Umeå University has been commissioned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare to perform a new national programme of proficiency tests to validate the theoretical and practical competence in medical doctors trained outside the EU and EEA. This is a part of the National Board's objective to remodel the assessment process of foreign educations.
Umeå University has been offering bridging programmes for foreign teachers for nearly ten years. In February 2016, the Government requested the University to offer a fast-track programme for newly arrived teachers and preschool teachers to find qualified jobs quicker – which is an important task for the University.
Those who seek refuge in Sweden without social network, language skills and verified academic degrees often struggle to find a job. The further education initiative called Korta Vägen is now offered at Umeå University for the tenth time.
Umeå University recently joined as member in Scholars at Risk, an international network to support researchers that are under some form of threat. The University is also active in a new Swedish section of the network that was founded on 9 March 2016.
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