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July 10, 2019
All young talent deserves the opportunity to shine
Arab News

A number of projects have looked into the reality of higher education for Syrians who have had to leave their homes since 2011. The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has since dedicated special efforts to supporting Syrian scholars, and has established a number of collaborations that have so far sent 106 of them to 80 institutions in 14 countries.

June 25, 2019
Mark Angelson Elected Chair of Rutgers Board of Governors
Rutgers Today

Mark Angelson, Chairman of IIE-SRF and Vice Chairman of IIE, was elected as the Chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2019. A Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School alumnus, Angelson is also a member of Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Rutgers University is one of IIE-SRF’s leading partners. Since 2013, it has hosted eight IIE-SRF Fellows from six countries at its New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses.

June 25, 2019
Europe is a top destination for many researchers
Nature

Opportunities for career advancement are attracting researchers from all over the world to conduct their work in Europe, according to a new article from Nature. One of those researchers is Fellow Dr. Fathiah Zakham, a microbiologist from Yemen. Currently undertaking her fellowship at the University of Helsinki through IIE-SRF’s partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), Zakham has gained research experience that was not afforded to her in Yemen.

June 24, 2019
Q&A with an IIE-SRF Host Partner: Jason Hecht, Cornell University
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund

Dr. Jason Hecht is the Associate Director for Academic Programming of Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. With Dr. Hecht's support, Cornell has hosted four IIE-SRF fellows from three countries to date. 

May 22, 2019
GREET and Academic Refuge to host "Higher Education Values in Practice: Integration of Highly Skilled Refugees and At-Risk Academics in Europe" on June 13-14 in Brussels
ACA Secretariat

ACA and UNICA are organising a joint stakeholder event at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on behalf of their project teams – GREET and Academic Refuge. The event, titled "Higher Education Values in Practice - Integration of highly skilled refugees and at-risk academics in Europe," will focus on academic values and the role of Europe’s higher education community in supporting students and scholars with refugee background and academics at risk. The event will take place in Brussels on June 13-14. IIE-SRF is on the advisory committee for the GREET project.

May 13, 2019
Rethinking Institutional Policies to Reduce Barriers Facing Displaced Students in the U.S.
World Educations News + Reviews

This article provides an overview of worldwide efforts to support displaced students and scholars. It breaks down the various new initiatives in the U.S. that are facilitating access to higher education, and gives a thorough summary of the 2019 AACRAO report that features a section on displaced scholars written by IIE-SRF and Scholars at Risk.

April 29, 2019
Lawyer forced to flee Liberia hopes to return after Goldman prize win
The Guardian

IIE-SRF alumnus Alfred Brownell, an environmental and human rights activist, fled his native Liberia after his successful campaign against a foreign palm oil plantation led to death threats and intimidation. Today, he hopes to return after being named one of this year’s winners of the Goldman environmental prize. Brownell is the inaugural occupant of the IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair.

April 24, 2019
Canada playing major role as safe haven for at-risk academics from strife-torn countries
The Globe and Mail

Canada has played a major role in acting as a safe haven for at-risk academics. As a partner of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), Canada has enabled almost 30 professors, researchers and scientists to come to universities across Canada to continue their work.

April 17, 2019
Scholar Perspectives
2019 AACRAO Report

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) released its 2019 report, drawing on expertise across sectors to make recommendations for the integration of displaced students and scholars into higher education. In their article “Scholar Perspectives,” co-authors Dr. Chelsea Blackburn Cohen of Scholars at Risk and IIE-SRF Director James R. King explore the issues of academic freedom and higher education emergencies, sharing best practices for supporting displaced and threatened scholars.

March 28, 2019
AAAS connects human rights groups with science experts
Science

Since the Scholar Rescue Fund first enlisted the help of AAAS On-call Scientists in 2015, volunteers from a range of scientific disciplines have fulfilled 50 requests to review a scholar's work. “The feedback that we get from scientists in the program can really be integral to helping us understand a scholar's background," says IIE-SRF assistant director Emily Borzcik.