University College South Denmark

University College South Denmark

The UC Syd project team for SEMPRE: Gundi Schrötter Johanssen and Annette Nielsen / © University College South Denmark

Who we are

University College South Denmark
We offer a wide range of higher education study programmes and courses at all levels, with an emphasis on first-cycle bachelor degrees in the field of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences.
Geographically, UC South Denmark covers Southern Jutland and has more than 6,500 students and 700 members of staff.
Our study programmes take place at five regional locations: two main campuses in the towns of Esbjerg and Haderslev, and three smaller satellite campuses in Kolding, Aabenraa and Soenderborg. We see this regional dispersion as a source of strength.
Embracing diversity for mutual understanding and inspiration is one of our central values: the meeting of different cultures and professional traditions; cross-disciplinary and cross-professional courses; and an overall emphasis on internationalisation, research and innovation.

Why we are involved in SEMPRE

We have joined the SEMPRE project for several reasons. Being a regional center for knowledge and innovation in the professions with Social inclusion and exclusion as one of our core areas of focus we count diversity and empowerment as a very important part of this.
Thus we want to develop this in cooperation with international partners as to improve our experience and knowledge.
In cooperation with municipalities in the region, we want to develop empowerment as an approach to vulnerable people and to develop methods that may be used elsewhere.
We have chosen refugees as target group focusing different areas of their situation with a holistic and coherent approach. Refugees is very actual in Denmark at the moment, and we need to develop approaches and methods that to a greater extend make refugees more self-reliant
In addition to this we hope to develop well working and inspiring teaching programs for providers both in our own region and in partner regions as well

What will be the most important result of SEMPRE?

Empowerment is the chosen approach in the work with refugees in at least participating municipalities according to municipality visions and strategies.

Whom we are working with

We are working with refugees in different municipalities, among them the Municipality of Tønder.
University College South Denmark
University College Syddanmark (UC Syd)
Esbjerg, Denmark

Anette Nielsen
Gundi Schrötter Johanssen

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SEMPRE Final Conference

Published: 2018-12-10

"Make Empowerment Happen!" - this was the motto of the SEMPRE final conference that took place in Riga on 27 and 28 November 2018. It was a lively event, highlighted by the showcase of 18 service user-driven micro projects from all over the Baltic Sea Region.

SEMPRE results published

Published: 2018-11-27

As the Final Conference "Make Empowerment" in Riga, Latvia is starting, we are glad to announce that we have published the first results of our three years of work in the SEMPRE project: The "Empowerment Handbook" that gives practical advice on how to apply user involvement in social service design, a compilation of the micro projects that were developed and implemented in co-creation processes in the SEMPRE partner regions and a "pocket" version of the organisational roadmap.

You'll find these publications here.


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