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Colombian Reintegration Through Education

Written by Krikor Yeretzian. Published on May 28, 2018. The Colombian conflict is characterized with years of violent clashes between the government and numerous guerrilla groups. Recently, peaceful negotiations have begun, and in 2016, a successful agreement was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Now, work is underway to reintegrate former combatants and victims into society.

IIE PEER Travel Grants for Displaced Syrian Students

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the IIE PEER Travel Grants for Displaced Syrian Students. IIE PEER Travel Grants will provide Syrian students accepted into a degree program at an accredited higher education institution outside of their home country with critical funding to cover their travel expenses to their host country.

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.