Ghent University is one of the leading universities in Belgium and offers a variety of educational bachelor and master degrees and PhDs, and encompasses a wide range of different research domains. This project will fit in the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), headed by Prof. Dr. Ilse Derluyn, full professor in intercultural pedagogics at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy of Ghent University, and in the research group of Culture & Education (C&E) of Prof. Dr. Kris Rutten.
CESSMIR, the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees, was established at Ghent University as an interdisciplinary centre focusing on the social impact of migration and fleeing (www.ugent.be/cessmir). The interfaculty centre CESSMIR focuses on these 'social aspects' of migration, with specific attention for certain processes or target groups which are meaningful in the contemporary social context, such as 'fleeing' or 'refugees'. Promotors from no less than seven different faculties at Ghent University participate to CESSMIR. CESSMIR develops activities in the areas of research, education and service to society, activities that are also connected to one another. Research, for example, is translated into education and service to society, and special efforts are made to bring research in and to practice. As such, research can be conducted on practices (e.g., the impact of training or support), or education can have a specific focus on practitioners and other stakeholders (e.g., the organisation of a training course).