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.
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.
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.
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.
On April 26, 2019, the New University in Exile Consortium will present its first conference, featuring displaced and threatened scholars hosted by Consortium institutions. The scholars will discuss the attacks on universities and academic freedom in their home countries and how these have affected not only their own lives but the nature of the universities.
This webinar on March 14th from GREET focuses on a central issue that is linked to all scholarship schemes providing support for threatened scholars to continue their career in a safe environment: the post-scholarship options. As the scholarship is inevitably limited only to a certain period, the question of the long-term career perspective plays an essential role in overall success of the support measures.
"Treasures of New York: Institute of International Education" traces the 100-year history of this distinguished organization, shedding light on its major accomplishments to promote international education and empower the global exchange of ideas.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) celebrated its 100-year anniversary with its 2019 summit at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, and by recognizing The Right Honourable Gordon Brown with the Henry Kaufman Prize.
100 years of the Institute of International Education, a true “Treasure of New York.”
In honor of IIE's Centennial celebration, IIE president and CEO Allan E. Goodman spoke with MetroFocus about IIE's long legacy of scholar rescue.
In IIE's Centennial Issue of the IIE Networker, IIE-SRF staff address the unprecedented forced migration crisis that is signficantly impacting global higher education. They explain, "We are committed to remaining a beacon of hope for vulnerable scholars, so that their life’s work, and their lives, are not lost."