On September 19th, Carleton University will host a welcome event to honor two scholars, Mustafa Bahran and Rahim Surkhi. The professors are part of the Scholars at Risk program and their appointments were arranged in partnership with IIE-SRF. The scholars will participate in a panel, "Dangerous Scholars," and will discuss their perilous journeys to Carleton and their academic backgrounds. The panel will be moderated by Emily Borzcik, senior program officer of IIE-SRF.
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.
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.
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.
The New University in Exile Consortium is an initiative emerging from The New School's past as the home of the first University in Exile in 1933. The Consortium is committed to the view that the academic community has both the responsibility and capacity to assist scholars in need, by helping to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault. The launch took place on September 6th in New York City.
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.
On July 23rd, Rutgers University hosted the launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). This event convened refugees, at-risk migrants, faculty and scholars, student associations, education think tanks, legislators, local government, ecumenical education institutions, United Nations agencies, and other representatives of the international community. IIE-SRF is honored to be a part of UARRM’s Steering Committee. IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox presented on barriers to higher education for refugees and at-risk migrants. You can read UARRM's report from the July meeting here.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) released the latest edition of their quarterly newsletter, which focuses on the ever-growing issue of displaced scientists. For the newsletter, IIE-SRF Assistant Director James King authored “An ‘Unprecedented’ Exodus of Scholars,” elaborating on the effects of war and authoritarianism on researchers, particularly in the Global South.
IIE-SRF is pleased to share application information for our partners at PAUSE (Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), a French national program that supports Ph.D. candidates, post-doc researchers, and displaced researchers and scientists seeking to work in safety. The program allocates incentive funding to public higher education and research establishments that can host scientist at their institutions in France. For eligibility criteria and the application procedures, click here. Host universities/institutions must apply by September 25, 2018
On July 12-13, AAAS will convene a symposium on higher education and human rights at their headquarters. Speakers, including IIE-SRF fellow Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, will address issues many academic institutions are now tackling: protecting scientific and academic freedom on globally connected campuses. Click here to RSVP or read more about the agenda.