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Open Up for Open Seminars at Universities: Student-driven Seminars as Community Involvement
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3203-7062
2016 (English)In: Uddevalla Symposium 2016: Geography, Open Innovation,Diversity and Entrepreneurship. Revised papers presented at the 19th Uddevalla Symposium, 30 June- 2 July, 2016, London, UK / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2016, 573-584 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on student and refugee experiences of initiating and participating in Open Seminars at University West. There has been a polarization between volunteer work and official practice regarding previous research on efforts for refugees. This initiative is to be found in-between these models, since students are doing the Open Seminars within a strategic initiative on behalf of the University, yet on a voluntary basis and with no credits involved. There is a need for socialentrepreneurial action in many domains in society. Universities might play a keyrole as a bridging institution where these types of in-between initiatives and practices become both possible and important for democratic processes in general, and community involvement among students in higher education in particular. The experiences from the students and refugees, captured by focus group interviews, showed that the student-driven, campus-based Open Seminars created added valuein relation to topic-specific learning, deepened understanding of the literature and moderated stereotypical understandings. The seminars were also meaningful for students as well as asylum-seeking refugees. Student-driven Open Seminars become important social entrepreneurial actions helping universities to function as anchor institutions in their region addressing the refugee situation in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West , 2016. 573-584 p.
Series
Rapport Högskolan Väst, 2016:5
Keyword [en]
Open seminars, refugees, entrepreneurial universities, community involvement, informatics students, IT and Management.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10524ISBN: 978-91-87531-39-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10524DiVA: diva2:1063523
Conference
Uddevalla Symposium 2016: Geography, Open Innovation,Diversity and Entrepreneurship. The 19th Uddevalla Symposium, 30 June- 2 July, 2016, London, UK
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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