Amman- 5 July 2020
The Department of Social Work- the School of Applied Humanities and Languages (SAHL), at the German Jordanian University (GJU), together with the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), the Lebanese University (LU) and Yarmouk University, carried out its second mobility of their joint project "Refugees, Host Communities and the Goals of Sustainable Development" within the DAAD's Higher Education Dialogue Program (HED) on the topic of "Refugees, Host Communities and the Goals of Sustainable Development".
The first mobility took place in Jordan in February 2020. However, this mobility has been carried out virtually because of COVID-19, which was the first experience for all the members with such a format. The study week was divided into two parts.
On the one hand, the students had lectures. An overview of social work in Germany and Lebanon was given. The asylum procedure in Germany was explained, and they got an overview of Immigration to Germany. Lectures on "Sexual violence against women in Germany and the migration context"; "Social Work with victims of human trafficking and forced marriage", "Mental health and trauma in the refugee context"; "Integration of Refugees in Higher Educational Institutions in Germany" were held. From the Lebanese side students got lectures on "Social Work in Lebanon and its history" and "The work of NGOs and social movements in Lebanon".
The second part the students worked on their topics accompanied by the research assistants and professors. In parallel, workshops were held to learn the process of planning and conducting a research project and a lecture on data interpretation of qualitative interviews. Moreover, Two MA students from the Department of Social Work took part in this mobility, writing their research papers on a gender topic. All of the students' work will be presented at a final conference, which will also take place online.
Overall, this first virtual conference experience was a success, reports Prof. Christine Hildebrandt, project manager for the GJU part of the project. This was also seen and confirmed by the students in their final evaluation. All partners are looking forward for the coming summer school and mobility within the project until the end of 2020.