Virtual Staff Week on inclusion and mobility

The Virtual Staff Week offers the opportunity to meet your Circle U. colleagues and share ideas on how to increase mobility for all students.   

Who are the students in need of inclusion? What are their needs? How do we reach out to them and how do we communicate with them and offer them support?

The Circle U. institutions are committed to working towards inclusion of all students, whether they are defined as having fewer opportunities or whether they are students from underrepresented groups in mobility.

This staff week on inclusion and diversity aims at supporting Circle U.’s effort to build up networks of expertise across units, intensify awareness about support and make more students choose international mobility. Goal is also for the participants to be inspired and to learn from each other.

  • Target groups: mobility coordinators, special needs coordinators, communication staff and student advisors across all institutions within the Circle U. alliance.
  • Host: University of Oslo
  • Co-hosts: Aarhus University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Monday May 23

12:00–12:15 Welcome
Vice rector at the University of Oslo, Bjørn Stensaker
12:15–12:45 Circle U. Quiz


Short break

EU Commission and National Agencies’ strategies for inclusion support - comparisons of national perspectives on inclusion

Panel and Q&A

  • Olga Stanojlovic, Project Officer in the Field of Higher Education, Tempus Foundation, Serbian National Agency
  • Aurora Hårtveit, Executive Officer, The Directorate for Higher Education and Science
  • Ieva Serapinaite, Senior Adviser – The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, Norwegian NA
  • Rune Wulff Christensen, Special adviser, Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
14:30–14:40 Short break

Funding opportunities for inclusion: Best practice

Break-out rooms

Tuesday May 24

09:00–09:05 Welcome

Inclusion in a wider perspective

  • Jonas Kunst, researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
  • Ksenia Nikolajcuk, Student Adviser, Global mobility team, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
09:50–10:25 Q&A
10:25–10:45 Short break

Integrating first year students - a Circle U. perspective

Circle U. Task Force, “Bridging the Way”

  • Lotte Skovborg, project manager, Aarhus University
  • Trine Kaalby Bjerre Gjøderum, Administrator, Aarhus University

Wednesday May 25

12:00–12:05 Welcome

Structural barriers to student mobility: push-back factors in underrepresented study fields

  • Anna Christina Bohle, Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Guri Vestad, Special Adviser, Educational Quality Office, University of Oslo


University of Oslo's Universal Design project

  • Thao Elizabeth Nguyen, Adviser, Educational Quality Office, UiO
  • Darrin Joseph Corbin, Head Engineer, Digital Services Office, UiO
13:10–13:20 Short break

Inclusion workshops: Communication and Mobility Formats

  • Best practices for outreach and communication
  • Mobility formats as a tool for inclusion

What’s next?

Wrap up and short introduction from the Without Barriers Network


Published Mar. 16, 2022 5:20 PM - Last modified June 8, 2022 10:13 AM