Kiron Partner Event
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Digitalizing Access to Higher Education and Shaping Successful Learning for Refugees

Identifying scalable best practices and innovative solutions


During our first partner event earlier this year, we explored how access to higher education for refugees can be improved based on the findings of the BMBF-funded collaborative project INTEGRAL² as well as key learnings from higher education initiatives within the past few years. Thank you for your active and valuable participation.

With a focus on the role of digitalization to improve access to higher education and to shape successful learning, the Kiron Partner Event on December 5th will bring its partner network together with stakeholders and experts in the field of higher education and learning technologies to identify and discuss scalable good practices and innovative solutions. Four workshops will 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

Facilitated by Lily Scheuerpflug, Donor Relations Manager, Kiron Open Higher Education


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

Facilitated by Sanja Sontor, Head of Donor Relations, Kiron Open Higher Education




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

Maria Blöcher, Academic Partnerships Manager, Kiron Open Higher Education

Facilitated by Dr. Vera Loureiro de Assunção, Department Coordinator Propaedeutics, Kiron Open Higher Education


Digitalizing 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

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

Facilitated by Dr. Renata Suter, Head of Research, Kiron Open Higher Education


15.30 Coffee break


Visions for the future of access and successful learning in Higher Education

Moderated by
Sophia Burton, Kiron Open Higher Education

Lailas Alboni, Student of the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Kiron Alumnus
MinR Peter Hassenbach, Head of Division “International Exchanges in Higher Education, Internationalisation”, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Peter van der Hijden, Independent European Higher Education Expert and Co-Author of Bologna Digital
Prof. Dr. Monique Janneck, Presidium representative for digital teaching, TH Lübeck
Dr. Markus Wachowski, Head of Academic Program, Kiron Open Higher Education




Dr. Tobias Ernst, CEO, Kiron Open Higher Education