AAAS will host a symposium on “The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study,” on June 1, 2016. The program will explore the role of science diplomacy in international crisis response and recovery. Along with IIE-SRF Director, Sarah Willcox, an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria will participate on a panel to explore immigration challenges and potential areas of policy reform.
The war in Syria has generated the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis, with a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the country’s education sector. On May 17, 2016, the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education hosted a panel discussion on “Higher Education in Syria: Protecting Academia Amid Civil War,” which explored the impact of the Syrian crisis on higher education, and the broader political and security implications for higher education in conflict settings. The panel included an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria; Dr. Rochelle Davis, his Georgetown University host; IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman; and the director of Brookings’ Center for Universal Education.
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Forum: Scholar Voices and University Action
The 2016 IIE-SRF Forum convened partners from diverse sectors—including higher education, human rights, government, and philanthropy—to address the urgent need to support scholars around the world who have suffered under repression and conflict. The Forum included panels on which IIE-SRF fellows reflected on their experiences in 2015, partnering universities explored effective responses to the causes and consequences of scholar persecution, and regional experts examined the impact of the Islamic State (ISIL) on academics.
At a ceremony today in Wilmington, Delaware, the chairman of the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), Mark Angelson, announced a $1 million gift in honor of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware who passed away in May of 2015.
The endowment, made possible through an anonymous donation, will enable IIE-SRF to rescue one scholar in danger each year in perpetuity, as part of the organization’s work to ensure that there will always be a place where persecuted academics can find safe haven.
In a press release, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) called States to act to deter the military use of schools and universities. The Use of schools and univesities for military purpose during conflict by armed forces and non-state ared groups endangers students and their education.
Mr. Mark A. Angelson, Treasurer of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Chairman of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), provided a welcome presentation at the occasion of the launch of Education Under Attack 2014 - a report released by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).
Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award will provide life-saving fellowships to threatened scholars in the arts.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations highlights IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund during her lecture on “Protecting Scholars and the Right to Free Inquiry” at The New School.
Dr. Allan Goodman discusses the importance of IIE-SRF's work in his speech "On the Rescue of Science of Learning". The speech took place at the University of York as part of the El Hassan bin Talal Annual Lecture in Post-war Recovery and Development.
December 10, 2013 | Please join Education International, Global Campaign for Education, International Council for Adult Education, Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund and Open Society Foundations to a reception highlighting the Right to Quality Education.