Linguist and historian Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan has been named the 2019 IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar. This distinction is awarded annually to an IIE-SRF Fellow who embodies the legacy of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware, in pursuing justice and safeguarding vulnerable populations.
Mark Angelson, Chairman of IIE-SRF and Vice Chairman of IIE, was elected as the Chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2019. A Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School alumnus, Angelson is also a member of Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Rutgers University is one of IIE-SRF’s leading partners. Since 2013, it has hosted eight IIE-SRF Fellows from six countries at its New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses.
ACA and UNICA are organising a joint stakeholder event at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on behalf of their project teams – GREET and Academic Refuge. The event, titled "Higher Education Values in Practice - Integration of highly skilled refugees and at-risk academics in Europe," will focus on academic values and the role of Europe’s higher education community in supporting students and scholars with refugee background and academics at risk. The event will take place in Brussels on June 13-14. IIE-SRF is on the advisory committee for the GREET project.
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.
Brownell has been creating a land security index that ranks how well governments are protecting land rights for their citizens. He recently received an award that will ensure his safety, protect his legal work in perpetuity, and help him continue that work. The chair was created in 2016 to honor the legacy of Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware.
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 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.
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.
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