Kiron Partner Event and INTEGRAL+ Final Event 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Digitalising Access to Higher Education and Shaping Successful Learning for Refugees

Identifying scalable best practices and innovative solutions


Kiron Open Higher Education invited its partners to explore in a first partner event early this year how access to higher education for refugees can be improved based on the findings of the BMBF-funded collaborative project INTEGRAL+ (Integration and Participation of Refugees in the Context of Digital Teaching and Learning Scenarios through Personalization and Scaling) and key learnings of initiatives of Higher Education Institutions of the past few years.

With a focus on the role of digitalisation to improve access to higher education and to shape successful learning, the Kiron Partner Event on December 5th, 2018 brings its partner network together with stakeholders and experts in the field of higher education and learning technologies to identify and discuss scalable best practices and innovative solutions. Four workshops highlight the topic from different aspects.

The INTEGRAL+ is a BMBF-funded project of the collaboration partner Kiron Open Higher Education, RWTH Aachen University and University of Applied Sciences Lübeck. The project is based on project results of INTEGRAL² and focuses on a balance between personalized strategies and scalable solutions to give refugees access to higher education. The project develops universal digital solutions that are based on sustainable innovations.


Venue: FACTORY Mitte, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin


by Laura Marwede, Chief Partnerships Officer, Kiron Open Higher Education


by MinR Peter Hassenbach, Head of Division “International Exchanges in Higher Education, Internationalisation”, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research


From the Lisbon Recognition Convention to a new Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications: Ensuring access of refugees to higher education

by Marina Malgina, Head of Section for recognition of refugees’ qualifications, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), Norwegian ENIC-NARIC

11.00 Coffee break

Internationalisation of Higher Education through digital solutions? Analysing trends and scalable good practices

Michael Hörig, Head of Division

Strategic Planning, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Michael Paulus, Leiter International House, University of Rostock


Blended and online learning in Higher Education: Discussing learning formats and e-assessment solutions

Alexander Knoth, Advisor on Digitalization of Teaching & International Affairs, University of Potsdam

Dr. Anja Fitter, RWTH Aachen Project manager within INTEGRAL+, RWTH Aachen tbc



13.00 Lunch break

Making MOOCs useful for the access of refugees to Higher Education. Discussing good practices of Kiron’s Academic Model and Quality Assurance

Anja Lorenz, Queen of MOOC-Makers

Lübeck University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Markus Wachowski, Head of Academic Program, Kiron Open Higher Education


Digitalising Access of Refugees to Higher Education, reflecting on policy-making from the Lisbon Recognition Convention to the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications Project

Katrien Bardoel, Senior Policy Officer, Nuffic tbc

Dr. Dominic Orr, project manager and senior researcher, Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs (FiBS) tbc

15.30 Coffee break