IIE-SRF's 2019 Beau Biden Scholar Barakatullo Ashurov is profiled in this article about his experience at his host instituion, Boston College. Having faced faced censorship and the threat of imprisonment in his native Tajikistan for his "efforts to prioritize the community-centered documentation and preservation of minority languages and cultural expressions," Dr. Ahsurov explains that he has relished the opportunity to resume his work at BC and at Harvard University, where he undertook his first-year IIE-SRF fellowship. While at BC, Dr. Ashurov has taught courses on the political and cultural history of Tajikistan, Zoroastrianism, and Sogdian sociolinguistics. He is also writing a book that explores the history of Christianity in Central Asia from an ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural perspective.
This article shares Vassar College's efforts to support threatened and displaced academics and students. Vassar became an IIE-SRF host partner for the first time in October 2019, welcoming to campus an IIE-SRF scholar of microbiology from Nigeria.
Alumna Rana Mustafa of Syria describes her journey from Syria to Saskatchewan, Canada in this new video. Unable to continue her work in Syria amidst the civil conflict, Dr. Mustafa undertook her IIE-SRF fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan, where she is now working as a researcher.
Alumna Eqbal Dauqan of Yemen has been awarded the 2019 Cross-Cultural Bridge Builder at the University of Agder in Norway! Dr. Dauqan, an associate professor of biochemistry at UIA, was recognized for her ability to "seize every opportunity to create multicultural relationships and [promote] a common understanding and greater cultural tolerance." She undertook IIE-SRF fellowship appointments at the National University of Malaysia.
She seizes every opportunity to create multicultural relationships. By doing this, she promotes a common understanding and greater cultural tolerance.
Yemeni biochemist Eqbal Dauqan conducted research while bombs dropped during the country’s 2015 civil war. Support from IIE-SRF and Scholars at Risk led her to a career in Europe.
This article from Research Europe summarizes the discussions had at the ACA Secretariat and GREET meeting Brussels, Belgium, on June 13-14. “Scholars at risk are the future leaders of their countries. Given opportunities they will develop skills such as critical thinking.” said a participant and IIE-SRF Fellow from Yemen.
When academics around the world find themselves displaced from their home countries amid war and personal threats of violence, the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund steps in to help place them in fellowships at universities elsewhere.
A number of projects have looked into the reality of higher education for Syrians who have had to leave their homes since 2011. The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has since dedicated special efforts to supporting Syrian scholars, and has established a number of collaborations that have so far sent 106 of them to 80 institutions in 14 countries.
Opportunities for career advancement are attracting researchers from all over the world to conduct their work in Europe, according to a new article from Nature. One of those researchers is Fellow Dr. Fathiah Zakham, a microbiologist from Yemen. Currently undertaking her fellowship at the University of Helsinki through IIE-SRF’s partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), Zakham has gained research experience that was not afforded to her in Yemen.
Dr. Jason Hecht is the Associate Director for Academic Programming of Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. With Dr. Hecht's support, Cornell has hosted four IIE-SRF fellows from three countries to date.
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