Empowering Displaced Students through Cloud Technology

June 15, 2018 New York

On World Refugee Day 2018, IIE will take a first look at a new virtual “backpack” designed to help displaced university students continue their studies. 

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Documents can make all the difference in the life of a refugee student. Yet as a result of conflict and other emergencies in their home countries, many university students are forced to flee to new countries or cities without access to the records and credentials they need to complete their degrees and to build a better life.

Nele Feldman, IIE’s Head of Student Emergency Initiatives, will speak with Dr. Keith David Watenpaugh, Director of the Article 26 Backpack and Human Rights Studies at UC Davis Global Affairs, live from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in the country of Lebanon, where more than 1 million refugees reside, according to the UNCHR. They will discuss how the backpack works, IIE’s work with UC Davis and the Article 26 Backpack project, and interview AUB students about their journeys to get a higher education and their aspirations after they’ve been able to obtain it.

Through the IIE Platform for Education and Emergencies Response (IIE PEER), we work with partners from around the world, including UC Davis, to identify and share scholarships, language learning courses, and other educational opportunities to help displaced and refugee students build a sustainable future. Visit iiepeer.org.

Learn more about Article 26 Backpack Here: UC Davis Launches Digital Tool in Lebanon to Help Syrian Refugees Reclaim Right to Education