Academic Dugnad is a term defining a special effort to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into european societies, first used by the University of Oslo.
Dugnad derives from the Old Norse dugnaðr, meaning help, good deed. It describes a group of people doing voluntary work together for a specific purpose, as an extraordinary effort to create something of lasting value. The dugnad spirit is considered an important part of Norwegian culture. The University of Oslo encourages other institutions to use the term Academic Dugnad, as well as a special logo designed by Hanne Utigard. UNICA, sharing the dugnad spirit, makes this page a platform to share and promote the best practices in academic solidarity.