Friday, May 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Refugee Higher Education: A University in Exile for the 21st Century?

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The current refugee crisis is the largest since World War II. At that time, German and French academics established a University in Exile at the New School in New York to re-establish their research and teaching as a refugee academic network.

Now there are 100,000 Syrian students who can’t access university and 2,000 Syrian academics who have fled the country. But now have the technology to potentially create a fully functioning University in Exile. So what should one look like in the 21st century?

This ideation workshop will introduce the participants to the challenges of higher education in exile and seek to design a 21st century university in exile supported by peer-to-peer technology. What if we could use block chain for accreditation? How can MOOC technology and learnings to support continuation of learning at scale? Micro-learning to support those exiled and on the move? Open source content and materials to supplement and build new courses for those in exile in the future.

Read up on Jamiya's blog.

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Malaz Safarjalani

Finance and Business Development, Jamiya
Development consultant, responsible for leading research, student outreach and financial planning in Jamiya Project. I've worked as a consultant and a researcher on recent EU projects related to higher education and the Syrian refugee crisis, including a study on creating a clearinghouse... Read More →

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Ben Webster

Founder, Jamiya
Founder of Jamiya, which to aims to provide accessible higher education opportunities for Syrian refugees by reconnecting the communities of displaced students and academics through online learning. Previously worked in Jordan for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM... Read More →
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Elsa Abi-Khalil

Entrepreneur & Community Developer MENA, MAKESENSE
Passionate Community developer for MakeSense.org in Lebanon & coordinator for MENA. MakeSense is a Global French Social Enterprise based in Paris, to accelerate social business by helping existing social start-ups improve/ sustain their impact or by creating new social business ideas... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CEST