On April 23 – 27, 2018 two higher education institutions – Vilnius Business College and SMK University of Applied Social Sciences – under Erasmus+ organized a joint international week: Accepting Diversity in Vilnius, Lithuania. We hosted guests from 14 countries: Turkey, Estonia, UK, Kosovo, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Germany, France, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Laos and South Korea. The conference was about integration of international students and staff members on campus. The topics comprised migrant and refugee integration, attitudes, policies and relocation, documentation and legal requirements, challenges that foreigners face while integrating into Lithuanian society, best practices to integrate international students on campus. Issues and challenges of foreigners’ employment in Lithuania were also discussed, as well as foreign students’ internships and practical training. Different experiences were shared, both by guests, lecturers, admission staff and international students who already study successfully.
During the days of the conference Unity in Diversity project was presented to the participants. Its benefits and outputs were explained and online tasks introduced. Booklets of UID project were included into the info pack for each conference visitor.