Edition 219 - July 2019

DAAD continues its support for refugees’ access to higher education

On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) organised in Berlin the international conference The Other 1 Percent - Refugee Students in Higher Education, highlighting the importance of expanding access to higher education for refugees. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced, already before the conference, the objective to increase refugee access to higher education from the current 1% to 15% by 2030.

In parallel, DAAD was represented for the first time at the European Development Days on 18 June in Brussels with the session HOPES against inequalities. Providing refugees with access to tertiary education and further learning. The session was organised by DAAD together with British Council, Nuffic and Campus France and gave a voice to refugee students, local education providers and policymakers from the EU-funded project HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians).

In addition, the DAAD department of university programmes for refugees has published a multimedia online reportage about refugee students. The Pageflow tool shows the day-to-day life of refugee students from a personal perspective.

More information here (in German)

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