Malmö högskola, Lärarutbildingen
|Carina Sild Lönroth|
|Address:||Nordesklöldsgatan 10 , 205 06Malmö|
|Telephone:||+46 40 665 70 00/665 82 68|
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|Student ages:||18 - >|
Malmö University, Teacher Education
The university has 20000 students and is particularly important for teacher training and health education. Intercultural education is an important aspect in all teaching programmes not least because of the city’s 52% non-Swedish population. IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) is organised as a central body of the university structure both in teaching and in research.
In the Malmö School of Teacher Education, all education, research and in-service training is organized in five major areas: Individual and Society; Play, Leisure and Health; Nature, Environment and Society;
Culture, Language and Media; School Development and Leadership.
The aim has been to create a modern School of Education; one that will be able to meet the needs of today´s society and that takes a broad view of knowledge as its starting point.
Another important ambition has been to integrate subject studies with learning about what is involved in working as a teacher. This includes the study of various perspectives on the school as an institution, the ways children think and learn, and the role of the teacher as a professional.
All undergraduate programmes are offered in Swedish but the School also offers several subject courses in English underlining the importance of international cooperation within the whole university.
Exchange students studying Training for Teaching in Multicultural Institutions, might combine this with a specially designed 10-credit course (15 ECTS credits) at the School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. Exchange students are also given the possibility to combine their theoretical studies with placement in one of Malmö´s several international schools.
(2) MENTORING - the NIGHTINGALE project
The mentor programme is very much connected to work with immigrants in the city of Malmo. The Nightingale mentoring programme began in 1997. It is inspired by the “Perach project”, a project founded in 1972 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The mentoring project began as a three-year pilot project, financed by Wallenberg foundation. In 2001 Malmö University adopted the Nightingale programme. It got its name from Malmö city´s old symbole “Näktergalen” – Nightingale, the nightingale is a small bird that sings beautifully when it feels secure. Currently around 100 university students every year act as mentors, each towards one child between the ages 8 and 12. The mentor and child get together for around 2-3 hours once a week over the period from October to May. Five multicultural schools in Malmö participate in the programme. ( for more information www.mh.se/naktergalen )
In the year 2002 The Nightingale mentoring project received the Malmö city integration award.
In 2005 the Nightingale Mentoring programme started two new pilote project based on the Nightingale Mentoring programme at Malm Univesity. One at the University of Lund /campus Helsingborg, (Näktergalen Helsingborg). And one at the University of Kristianstad (Näktergalen Kristianstad). (www.ch.lu.se/naktergalen and www.hkr.se/naktergalen )
An evaluation after the three first year was published in the summer 2001 – ‘The meeting between school children and students from higher education It was written by PhDr Lena Rubinstein Reich in collaboration with an external reference group. The evaluation is based upon with what the project has meant for the students and children involved. The evaluation shows that the mentor project is a mutually beneficial experience for both the mentors and the children. (report 4/2001).
(3) IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations)
IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) is one of six academic schools at Malmö University. One of the reasons why the University of Malmö was established was to address the particular circumstances, possibilities, and needs found in the Skåne region and in the city of Malmö and its environments. With approximately 50% plus, of all persons living in the city of Malmö being of immigrant background, the University has as one of its aims to increase the representation of immigrant students amongst it´s programs of education. Consequently, IMER has become a special profile area, within Malmö University. As a profile area, IMER educational and research concerns should form an element in each of the five other schools of the University.
The school has three main components: 1) Courses dealing with the major theoretical and practical issues of migration, ethnic relations, human rights, and peace and conflict studies, 2) Courses in Communication in English and Communication in Swedish 3) Bridging courses for non-Swedish students wishing to begin studying within the Swedish university system or to apply their educational experience from abroad.
The school of IMER is concerned with the study of two phenomena, international migration and ethnic relations, and how these relate to one another. Migration, which includes within its pervue the processes of immigration, emigration, and return migration, has consequences for both the individual and society. It is important to understand the connection between the individual and societal aspects of migration. The questions raised by considering the issues of migration are not only of importance to specific areas of society and those persons directly involved in the process, but include all other areas of society as well as the private lives and relationships of those persons in the society. The content of the IMER courses is multidisciplinary and includes four different traditional areas of scientific research; the social sciences, the humanities, law, and theology. Several different perspectives therefore define IMER as a subject of study. IMER is an active field of research, where questions of migration, ethnicity, xenophobia, racism, integration, and intercultural and interfaith interaction dominate the field.