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."
This year for the first time, IIE-SRF is sharing data publicly about the accomplishments of the range of people it has steered into new lives. In 2018, these rescued refugees reported among them 191 books and articles published, 217 lectures or presentations delivered and 105 students’ studies supervised by them in numerous institutions.
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.
There is a growing recognition of the need for the international scientific community to address the number of threatened, displaced and refugee scientists worldwide, according to a special session organized by the International Science Council (ISC), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) at the 2018 World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka, Japan.
On September 18th, 2018, IIE and Finland's EDUFI expanded their partnership to support displaced scholars, university students, and artists through IIE-SRF, IIE PEER, and the Artist Protection Fund.
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 ongoing war in Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. With widespread violence, disease, hunger, and instability, education and scientific research have become practically unattainable. In short, Yemen is facing a higher education emergency.
Florida State University is implementing some important changes to enhance the Honors Program this fall. The program has named a new director and hired three new specialized honors faculty members, including IIE-SRF alumnus Azat Gundogan, a scholar of sociology from Turkey.
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 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.