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Where Refugee Scholars, Artists and Activists Find Safety and Thrive

By Barbara Crossette

Since its founding, the Scholar Rescue Fund reports that it has supported more than 770 scholars, cultural leaders and activists from 59 nations, placing them at over 390 partner institutions in 44 countries worldwide. This year for the first time, the fund is sharing data publicly about the accomplishments  of the range of people it has steered into new lives. In 2018, these rescued refugees reported among them 191 books and articles published, 217 lectures or presentations delivered and 105 students’ studies supervised by them in numerous institutions.

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Urgent need for joined-up support for threatened and displaced scientists worldwide

There is a growing recognition of the need for the international scientific community to address the number of threatened, displaced and refugee scientists worldwide, according to a special session organized by the International Science Council (ISC), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) at the 2018 World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan.

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IIE and Finland’s EDUFI Expand Partnership to Support Academics, Artists, and University Students from Conflict Regions

On September 18th, 2018, IIE and Finland's EDUFI expanded their partnership to support displaced scholars, university students, and artists through IIE-SRF, IIE PEER, and the Artist Protection Fund.

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IIE Scholar Rescue Fund’s Growing Effort to Support Yemeni Scholars

By James R. King and Desiree Halpern

The ongoing war in Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. With widespread violence, disease, hunger, and instability, education and scientific research have become practically unattainable. In short, Yemen is facing a higher education emergency.

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Alumnus Azat Gundogan Joins Newly Enhanced Honors Program at FSU

By Amy Farnum-Patronis

Florida State University is implementing some important changes to enhance the Honors Program this fall. The program has named a new director and hired three new specialized honors faculty members, including IIE-SRF alumnus Azat Gundogan, a scholar of sociology from Turkey.

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New Beginning for a Yemeni Scholar in Norway

By Tarek Abd El-Galil

After two years of waiting and expectation, Eqbal Dauqan, a Yemeni biochemist who has won international honors, has received a new opportunity to work and continue her research at the University of Agder in Norway. Late in 2015, Dauqan was awarded a scholarship sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to work in a Malaysian university for a year. 

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How Should Higher Education Be Responding to Refugee and Migrant Crises?

By Marc Parry

The gathering of roughly 120 academics and nonprofit officials kicked off a new Rutgers-based consortium called the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants. Its goal: to coordinate and scale up the patchwork of university programs assisting displaced people. Participants also want to change the narrative about those people at a moment of rising nationalism and xenophobia.

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Supporting displaced scholars through the At-Risk & Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative

By Teresa Stoepler, Karly Kehoe, Anina Rich, Eva Aisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger

The Global Young Academy (GYA) published an overview of their recent activities working with at-risk and refugee scholars in GYA Connections. GYA's peer mentorship program connects these scholars with their counterparts in other countries in partnership with IIE-SRF, The World Academy of Sciences, Scholars At Risk, and other organizations.

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Fellow Melissa Bilal of Turkey Co-Chairs Feminism & Armenian Studies Conference

Armenian Weekly describes the April 7th conference “Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies/Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), co-chaired by IIE-SRF Fellow Melissa Bilal. An ethnomusicologist and historian from Turkey, Dr. Bilal joined a group of women scholars from the US, Canada, the UK, and Armenia to discuss the intersection of feminism and Armenian history. The Dilenschneider Award sponsored the conference in conjunction with MIT and others.
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IIE-SRF Scholar from India Speaks at Connecticut College Founder's Day

To conclude Connecticut College's Founder's Day ceremony, Binalakshmi Nepram, the college’s Rescue Scholar-in-Residence, spoke about the work she has done as a human rights and disarmament activist in her home country of India, and how vital exposure to global education is for the next generation of peace advocates.

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