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Better Teaching Transforms Afghanistan's Public Universities

Originally published by The World Bank and reprinted with permission.

In the last decade, 36 public universities have been set up or re-established in Afghanistan. However, while the physical infrastructure has been in place, many lecturers have continued to follow traditional teaching methods. As a result, rote teaching tended to take precedence over critical and analytical thinking, limiting student progress.

How Universities Help Nations Rebuild After War

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

"In efforts to rebuild war-torn countries, policy makers and planners have long overlooked one of the oldest institutions in contemporary society - higher education."

This is the argument of Higher Education and Post-Conflict Recovery by Sansom Milton, a senior research fellow at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar.

IIE PEER Expands Higher Education Opportunities for Displaced Students Worldwide

Only an estimated 1% of the 65 million displaced persons have access to higher education. Considering this great need, IIE launched the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE PEER) in March 2017. IIE PEER is a mobile-ready, low-bandwidth database which houses tertiary and non-degree opportunities for refugee and displaced students. Since its launch, IIE PEER has provided Syrian displaced students with reliable and up-to-date information on educational opportunities in a centralized location.

'Link It' Project to Boost Integration of Syrian Refugees in Europe

Originally published by InfoMigrants and reprinted with permission.

The International Organization for Migration is launching a project to prepare Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey for resettlement in Europe. The Link It project hopes to overcome problems faced by migrants in integrating successfully in host countries.

Opening University Doors to Refugees

Across the world, many societies are undergoing the profound change due to the displacement of approximately 65 million people through political turmoil and conflict. This crisis has implications for higher education, since humanitarian aid efforts are for the most part focused on providing access to primary and secondary education. Higher education, by contrast, often falls by the wayside as a luxury.

Why Every University Should Take in Refugee Students and Scholars

Originally published by News Deeply and reprinted with permission.

With just one percent of refugees able to go to university, the nonprofit Institute of International Education (IIE) is calling for the entire global higher education sector to help turn the tide by offering places to refugee students and academics.

This nearly 100-year-old organization runs international exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program, and works to protect academic freedom around the world, including supporting scholars who are under threat.

How-To: Refugee Feedback Mechanisms and Inclusion in Decision-Making

Originally published by Campfire Innovation and reprinted with permission.

Grassroots organizations active in the refugee response are initiatives build by civil society - by people who are interested in improving humanitarian aid and who want to contribute. This means that the people involved (volunteers, supporters etc.) have a close relationship with refugees, and refugees themselves are usually involved in these organizations.

European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: Integration Through Education and Employment

Originally published by The UN Refugee Agency and reprinted with permission.

Strasbourg/Athens, 27.03.2018 - Since the beginning of what is often referred to as the refugee crisis in Europe, the recognition of refugees’ qualifications has become one of the main tools to integrate them into European societies.

Online higher education 'unappealing' for Syrian refugees

Originally published by Times Higher Education and reprinted with permission.

Online learning is the least desirable model of higher education for Syrian refugees, despite it being the medium adopted by many Western universities in their aid efforts, according to a study from the British Council.