Higher education now accessible to refugees
19 December 2016 Share

Higher education now accessible to refugees

  In an attempt to offer free higher education opportunities for refugees, Yaşar University signed a collaboration agreement with Kiron which was initiated as a social responsibility entrepreneurship and now accessible to nearly 2 thousand students. The registered Syrians and refugees in Turkey will have the chance to follow lessons offered within a pool of online lessons by numerous universities from all around the world, thanks to this collaboration agreement with Kiron. At Kiron, which allows refugees all over the world to access university lessons by means of distance learning, Yaşar University will make particularly Turkish courses and various other courses available for refugees on the distance learning platform.

Offering online courses and known as the refugee university, the Kiron Open Higher Education Platform is a project which was initiated by a group of young German entrepreneurs who acted with a sense of social responsibility in an attempt to allow refugees to access higher education, which is indeed almost impossible for the refugees. More than 2,000 students can access completely free higher education on the Kiron Platform thanks to the academic collaboration facilitated by nearly 30 universities and education institutions from Germany, France, Turkey and Jordan. Students are also provided with such education tools as computers. This platform thus intends to facilitate an ease of access to education for over 42 thousand people who are forced to flee their homes each day.

Yaşar University signed a collaboration agreement with the Kiron Platform so as to make education accessible primarily to the registered Syrians in Turkey who number nearly 3 million as well as for other refugees. Convening at Yaşar University’s Selçuk Yaşar Campus within this context, officials from the two institutions agreed to design a certificate program within a continuous education center. Prof. Dr. Cemali Dinçer, Yaşar University Rector, and Markus Kreßler, Founder and General Director of Kiron, signed the collaboration protocol.

The registered Syrians and refugees in Turkey will be able to follow lessons offered within a pool of online lessons by numerous universities from all around the world, thanks to this protocol. Yaşar University will offer various courses prepared within the university’s Center for Open and Distance Learning, making such courses available to refugees. Among the courses to be offered for refugees as part of this collaboration is also course content arranged for teaching Turkish as a foreign language on online distance learning platforms. This will also allow other refugees to learn Turkish through distance learning alongside the 300 thousand young Syrians in Turkey who are supposed to receive higher education. Successful students will also be awarded certificates by the Center for Continuous Education of Yaşar University. Yaşar University’s UNESCO Chair in International Migration will provide academic and administrative support for the program.