UCR has many international teaching and research collaborations and is also strongly connected to the province of Zeeland and Utrecht University. This is also reflected in the strong belief that facing humanity’s challenges requires a focus on both the local places in which they are experienced and a truly global approach to understanding and answering them.
Our greatest capital in joining the global and the local is that our students come from over 50 different nations and live and study together. Discussing challenges of sea level rise, migration, world trade agreements and more, in a classroom with students from a dozen different countries offers an entirely different—and much stronger—context for learning than a less diverse setting would. We offer courses in world history, world literature, Asian religion, anthropology, human rights law, international relations, modern languages and culture, sustainability, energy transition — and so much more.
Apart from a complete semester abroad on exchange, you may do shorter earth science fieldwork in the Eiffel mountains, follow an archaeology workshop in Athens, join an art history excursion to Rome, or work with indigenous peoples in Mexico.
Our international community in Middelburg is our base, but the world is our home.
UCR is a partner in ORPHEUS (Offline and online Radicalization Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security), a three-and-a-half year project with eight partners from the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
The project explores alternative forms of offline and online prevention of political violence among socially alienated young people.
The threat of radicalization towards all types of political violence, such as jihadi, extreme right, hate crime, is a significant and rising societal concern. ORPHEUS will develop new integrated and aligned services for online and offline prevention of political violence by extending the prevention service together with private and social institutions, and with young people and their educators as central actors.
UCR has been involved in many international research projects. These include:
SIREE: Social Integration of Refugees through Education and Self-Employment.
Over 1.2m refugees arrived in Europe in 2016, 147,815 within the 2 Seas region alone creating pressures and challenges on the host communities. A population surge creating a high costly demand on public purse €10,000p refugee/year to meet the needs of the new arrivals and integrate them into the local economy. The regions struggle with the challenges of refugee family inclusion into education and economic independence exposing a population of lost economic potential. The regional school systems fail to effectively integrate refugee children characterized by missed school years, facing an alien education system and ill-informed teachers. Fragile refugee children find it difficult to integrate into the system, absenteeism is high, parental involvement with school is low. Partner research shows an appetite for refugee enterprise but exposes a gap due to the limitations of partner specialist knowledge and experience to deliver.
The project aims to improve the social and economic integration of refugees in the partner regions and wider 2 Sea area by co-creating and introducing new demonstrations to increase the engagement of refugees in the education process and to improve the economic independence of refugees through self-employment. It will tackle the key societal challenge of social exclusion by increasing the access to education and self-employment through the methodology of co-creation. In education 40 new learning communities will be co-created resulting in: 10% increase in parents’ involvement in the education of children, 20% increase in pre-school children attending school, 10% increase in adult education. 450 teachers better equipped to support refugees as a result of the new training course developed. Co-creation will be used to generate 50 new refugee businesses, generate 40 new jobs (with the potential of 516) and 4 new refugee business networks to support long term enterprise development.
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CoHESION: CitizensHip Education on Social InclusION
The project develops and enhances citizenship curricula at both primary and secondary level and delivers school based support for families concerned about radicalization. These curricula are fully inclusive, designed to benefit every student who receives them, to build social inclusion and the awareness of it amongst these pupils and, in doing so, to work against radicalization. The curricula do not single out ethnic, religious, gender or minority groups; instead they work on enhancing cohesion. Teachers will be trained to stimulate awareness amongst pupils, from a very early age, of the importance of inclusion and participation in an omnicultural society. Parents will be given information on radical groups, brought into contact with other parents who share similar concerns and supported in an inclusive, open way specifically designed to reduce stigma and taboo, enhance social bonding and to promote positive contact between schools and parents. The objective of this element will be to create self-sustaining networks for knowledge exchange and inter group support and, ultimately, to prevent radicalization by fostering strong family ties, weighing heavily against the radical message. Young people who may otherwise have been vulnerable to radical narratives will hereby be re-amalgamated into society.
i-4-1-Health is a cross-border project in which the presence and spread of antibiotic resistant (insensitive) bacteria at care institutions, nurseries and livestock farming in the Flemish-Dutch border region are made clear.
In the i-4-1-Health project, the network between hospitals, public health services, knowledge institutes and companies is strengthened at both national borders. In addition, two innovations are being developed: the Infection RIsico Scan (IRIS) and a Track and Trace System (TTS) for resistant bacteria.
Within the TERRA II program, UCR developed educational tools to foster emotional and social skills as well as mutual understanding among young people. TERRA II program is funded by the European Commission and brings together four international institutions and researchers working on different aspects of radicalization.
Roosevelt Junior is the successor of the Wetenschapsknooppunt Zeeland (“Science Junction”), which was established by the University College Roosevelt in 2012 and is geared towards bringing science into primary schools in Zeeland. Roosevelt Junior targets schools in the region, therefore, further information will be listed in Dutch below.
Een belangrijke activiteit van Roosevelt Junior is het Kids College. Kids Colleges zijn woensdagmiddaglezingen voor kinderen uit de groepen 6, 7 en 8 in de regio over wetenschap in de breedste zin van het woord. In deze colleges komen kinderen op een laagdrempelige en boeiende manier in aanraking met wetenschap.
Voor meer informatie over Roosevelt Junior kunt u per e-mail contact opnemen met de projectcoördinator, Marieke van de Laar, via email@example.com.