The Amsterdam Law School is participating in the joint-UvA and HvA 'Work Experience trajectory for Highly Educated Refugees'. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Houran has been at the Legal Library since January 2018. He studied Law in his native Syria.
'My name is Mohammed; I am thirty years old and come from Syria where I studied Law. I've been living in Amsterdam for two years. I worked at a law firm in Amsterdam and after that I did an internship at another law firm. Now I am working hard getting ready to be able to start my Master's in 2018.'
The Amsterdam Law School is associated with the “Work experience project for highly skilled refugees” and Mohammed is one of the participants. The aim of the project is to ensure that candidates have a good starting position once they enter the jobs market and to improve their chances for advancing into regular jobs.
The work experience positions aim to provide an initial introduction to the Dutch workplace. Participants are by no means inexperienced - in their home countries they would in some cases already hold senior positions - but most project participants will start out in entry level positions in order to be able to adapt to the Dutch (language) workplace.
Mohammed is the first candidate to participate in the project at the Amsterdam Law School. The first group of about six candidates started last academic year, and its members were assigned workplaces at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences HvA, the UvA, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences KNAW.
Candidates for this project are nominated by the University Assistance Fund UAF. The main selection criteria for participation are: a well-rounded education in a relevant field that is at least the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree; a command of Dutch at the B2.1 level or higher; and a reasonable command of English (IELTS 5.0).
The programme consists of work experience, language training, career orientation and an introduction to Dutch culture.