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There are 68 million displaced persons world wide and only 1% have access to higher education.

These are the often-recited statistics of the global forced displacement crisis. While important, they miss a key point - why higher education accessibility matters.

Call for Applications: Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars

Through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Columbia Global Centers in Amman has established a fellowship program starting on January 1, 2019 that offers 12-month fellowships for emerging displaced scholars interested in the humanities to continue  and further develop their scholarly pursuits. This opportunity can serve as a vital component in ensuring that emerging displaced scholars residing in Jordan obtain relevant skills and embark on viable career paths in academia or other sectors serving the public good.

Reaching Higher in Greece: A Refugee Pathway toward European Higher Education

Skaramangas refugee camp feels like a place that has been forgotten.  In a former Greek navy port under 20 kilometers from the city center of Athens, there are approximately 2,500 residents – Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians, and Afghanis – who step out each day of their container “caravan” homes and pass the time, waiting months if not years for an asylum interview and refugee status to be granted to them.  Their former identity, full of personal, professional, and national nuances, is gone.  Many first traversed the seas to Lesbos, Greece, after they fled their ho

Yemen: Education Caught in the Crossfire of War

Written by Nele Feldmann. Published on July 30, 2018. The Republic of Yemen was established on May 22, 1990 unifying the North and the South. While hopes for an economically prosperous, politically stable, and peaceful Yemen were high, political violence, including the assassination of former members of the Southern Socialist Party, gripped the country destroying the dreams of a peaceful transition to become one unified Yemen.

The Barriers Facing Ukrainian Tertiary Education

Written by Krikor Yeretzian. Published on July 23, 2018. Four years of conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists has had serious consequences on the higher education system in the country. Before the start of the conflict, in February 2014, the ‘Euromaidan Revolution,’ which consisted of two months of protesting and violence, made way for the election of a new pro-democracy government, who prioritized higher education as one of the main factors that would allow for Ukrainian integration into Europe.

Nigerian Higher Education Entrenched in the Aftermath of Colonization

Written by Sixtine Berquist. Published on July 16, 2018. Access to and the quality of education in Nigeria is a contentious subject with deep historical ties dating back to British rule of the country at the turn of the 20th century. The ruling style of the British led to North and South Nigeria evolving under varied systems, the former maintaining close ties with Islamic teachings while the latter changed its educational system under the oversight of Christian missionaries.

Hope in Rebuilding Efforts: The Somali Higher Education System

Written by Katherine Miller.Published on July 9, 2018. Since its inception as a nation in 1960 from a British Protectorate and an Italian colony, Somalia has experienced political destabilization. In recent times, the overthrow of the military regime of President Siad Barre in 1991 led to an acute humanitarian and military crisis, and a protracted constant civil war has caused lasting damage to the population of Somalia.[1] The UNHCR recognizes over 1.2 million people of concern both inside and outside of the country.[2] And while decreasing, armed fighting is still present in many

IIE PEER - AACRAO Workshop: Best Practices in Admitting Vulnerable Student Populations to U.S. Campuses

Save the Date

The Institute of International Education’s Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE PEER) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) are pleased to inform you that we will be hosting a one-day workshop on October 26, 2018 to discuss:

The Forgotten Refugee Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Written by Sixtine Berquist. Published on July 2, 2018. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has faced decades of violence, leading to the displacement of Congolese citizens. Yet, the crisis has remained largely unnoticed by the international community as its effects remain within the African continent. The current crisis took hold in the 1990s when the DRC was internationally recognized as Zaire and governed by President Mobutu Sese Seko. As the Rwandan genocide subsided in 1994, many Rwandan refugees and Hutu militia continued to flee into Zaire.