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 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.
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.
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.
In an interview with Refugees Deeply, IIE's President & CEO Allan Goodman and IIE-PEER's Katherine Miller speak about current projects that aim either to help more refugee students access higher education or protect refugee scholars. Their conversation links major challenges such as documentation, funding, and language support for refugee students and scholars alike, particularly in relation to the Syrian refugee crisis.
For four displaced scientists from Syria and Yemen, IIE-SRF fellowships were a means to ensuring their security and restarting their careers. A new publication in Physics Today tracks the journeys of these four IIE-SRF scholars, representing the record number of scientists who have had to flee their home countries during this unprecedented global migration crisis.
This full-length interview with IIE-SRF scholar Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, a professor of nuclear physics, follows his education, career development, and journey to escape conflicted Yemen. Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Bahran fled his home country to ensure his and his family's safety, and also continue his scientific work -- without a certain future.
Featuring the stories of four Arab refugee scientists, "Science in Exile" gives voice to the struggles refugees face when escaping war and searching for new opportunities in academia. The documentary was premiered at IIE-SRF's Forum on March 9, 2018 at the IIE Headquarters in New York City. The trailer is included in this article by Al-Fanar Media.
War, conflict, and strife have uprooted researchers around the world. When these individuals are displaced, the fate of their life's work and their wealth of knowledge are also at risk. Through the stories of scholars from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Discover's Jennifer Hattam explores the complex issues surrounding interrupted scholarship. The full text of this article is available only to Discover magazine subscribers.