In times of increased migration since 2015, Europe has become a central destination for a high number of migrants and refugees worldwide. Sweden, Germany and Austria are the main target countries for many recently immigrated people from conflict and war zones. Within this group also teachers have come to Europe. The possibilities to acknowledge the qualifications of these highly skilled migrants vary according to the respective national migration policy and the structures of teacher education. Most of these internationally educated professionals cannot work as teachers in the host country without further qualification.
R/EQUAL focuses on international networking and the exchange of expertise in the field of higher education activities concerning (recently) immigrated and refugee teachers in Europe. R/EQUAL supports existing programmes at the Universities Stockholm, Vienna, Cologne and the University of Education Weingarten by collaborating on a European level. At the same time, the collected expertise for running a programme in the future is provided for other institutions in higher education in Europe.
R/EQUAL is funded by the European Union in the programme ERASMUS+, action “Partnership in Higher Education” (2018-1-DE-01-KA203-004241). The project started in September 2018 and ends in March 2021. R/EQUAL is coordinated by the University of Cologne.