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Day 48, Year of #Mygration: Join us for a series of events relating to migration

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Over the next month, the OU will be involved in a number of migration-related events, which are free and open to all. Themes include technology-enabled language education, gender skilled migration and what it means to welcome new people into a community.

What does it mean to welcome new people into a community? (part of Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics)

16 March (Friday), 18:00-19:30, Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast

This panel event will shed light on some of the challenges that migrants and refugees face – in Europe and Northern Ireland specifically. It will begin with a screening of The Crossing – a BBC One NI documentary, and then questions can be posed to the panel, which will be chaired by Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law, The Open University and Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen’s University Belfast. Panel members include Justin Kouame, NI Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS), and Jude Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Refugee Rescue.

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What can the UK learn from India to bridge the IT skills gap?

20 March (Tuesday), 08:00-10:00, techUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

This breakfast meetup will outline lessons the UK can learn from India’s successes in bridging the IT skills gap, sharing findings from an Open University research project ‘Gender Skilled Migration and IT: A comparative study of India and the UK’. OU Chancellor, Martha Lane Fox, will open the event.

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Roundtable discussion: Technology-enabled Language Education for Migrants and Refugees in the UK

11 April (Wednesday), 12:00-14:00, Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG

This event is designed to provoke discussion on the role of technology in language education for migrants and refugees. Are any current technologies relevant or useful? Are they a barrier to genuine human contact and learning? Should they be used much more widely and how might that come about? Discussants include Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Professor of Learning Technology & Communication at The Open University.

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