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IIE Student Emergency Initiatives – A 2019 Retrospective

From supporting the first IIE PEER Forum in NYC to the launch of the IIE-Julia Stasch Scholarship for Refugees & Asylees, and the Emergency Student Fund (ESF) for Bahamian students impacted by Hurricane Dorian, 2019 has been an eventful year for the IIE Student Emergency Initiatives team.

An Open Letter from a Displaced Syrian Student

My name is Ibrahim. I am a 29-year old Syrian who has been living in Germany for three and a half years now. I  recently graduated from a master’s program in international economics and management at the University of Paderborn in Germany.

"There is Nothing More Valuable than an Education": Reflections from the IIE-UNESCO High-Level UNGA Side Event

With the United Nations 74th General Assembly in full swing across the street from the Institute of International Education's (IIE) NYC headquarters, the IIE office was the ideal setting for the unveiling UNESCO's new Qualifications Passport. As attendees from all sectors began to arrive on September 26 for the High-Lecel Event on the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants, away form the sirens and security, one could hear the excitement surrounding this innovative and important tool for vulnerable migrant and refugee students.

Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees Information Sessions

The Institute of International Education's Student Emergency Initiatives team is accepting applications for the Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees on a rolling basis.

IIE SEI team members Nele Feldmann and Krikor Yeretzian will be hosting two information sessions at the IIE office in Chicago. If you would like to learn more about the program, please register through one of the below links:

Advancing education for all: Lessons learned at the IIE PEER Forum

Advancing Education for All


The IIE PEER Forum gathered education in emergencies professionals to discuss proactive solutions to the equity gap in higher education for refugee and displaced students. Amid many engaging and thoughtful discussions, these are lessons learned from the first annual event.