Syria, Afghanistan and now Ukraine: Refugee Stories

Meet Incluusion, UU's refugee programme


Incluusion offers refugee students the chance to further develop themselves by participating in Utrecht University courses free of charge. In the past 5.5 years, Incluusion has supported more than 1,000 refugee students. In this way, newcomers can continue to develop themselves and participate immediately in society, even before they have been granted an asylum status.

Incluusion students in a classroom

Many refugees spend months, if not years, waiting for their asylum procedure in an asylum seekers' centre. Immediate participation in society contributes to their integration. On Thursday May 19th 2022, we would like show you the world of Incluusion.

During this meeting, we will tell you more about our work: what have we achieved in recent years and what challenges do we face? Several former Incluusion students will share their stories and give you a personal insight into the life of a refugee.

Cheeky questions
We will answer "cheeky" questions: on the registration form you can fill out your cheeky question. What have you always wanted to know about refugees, but never dared or had the opportunity to ask? Ask us and we will provide you with the answer during the meeting!

With reservation, details might change

Please bear in mind that the programme will be mostly in Dutch! Only Hamed's story will be in English.

  • 15.00 – 15.30 uur: Doors open
  • 15.30 – 15.40 uur: Ragna Senf, project manager Incluusion, answers the cheeky questions and will tell you more about life as a refugee student. 
  • 15:40 – 16.10 uur: Trainees share their experiences of their work placement at the UU through Incluusion. 
  • 16.10 – 16.30: Storytelling by Nour Alhalbouni. Nour is a former Incluusion student. She then followed a traineeship at Incluusion and has since become a valued colleague.
  • 16.30 – 16.50: Break
  • 16.50 – 17.10: Story of asylum seeker Hamed. Hamed has been in the Netherlands for 3 years and still has no status. Despite that, after an Incluusion course, he founded the Online Coaching Centre together with the Faculty of Social Sciences. For this achievement, he was nominated for the Diversity and Incluusion Award of the UU in 2022.
  • 17.10 – 17.30: What does Incluusion do and which challenges lie ahead?
  • 17.30 – 18.00: Drinks and the opportunity to talk and ask questions

Celebrating 5 Years of Incluusion at Utrecht University!

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Kanunnikenzaal, Faculty Club - University Hall

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Please bear in mind that only Hamed's story will be in English. The rest of the event is in Dutch.

Voluntary contribution
Participation in this event is free. However, a donation to Incluusion before or after the event is greatly appreciated!

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Read more about Incluusion