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Nearly 30 percent of all students, globally, attend institutions of higher education. That figure drops to only 1 percent for displaced students, including refugees. In the regions of North Africa and the Middle East, over half of the general population is under the age of 25, with roughly one-fifth between the ages of 15 and 24. Due to conflict and displacement, many young people cannot access higher education opportunities. In response, the Institute of International Education (IIE) launched the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER) program in September 2016.
The PEER program provides an online database of over 700 educational opportunities at the higher education level for refugees and displaced Syrian students. Opportunities include university scholarships, and grants for online and language learning courses. Since its launch, iiepeer.org has engaged 170,00 unique users and received more than one million hits.
Register for this webinar to learn from Katherine Miller at IIE how the IIE PEER program is helping refugee and IDP students access higher education, and how you can integrate IIE PEER resources into your programs, or contribute to the database of higher education opportunities.
Leila Toplic, NLG Tech Task Force
Katherine Miller, Global Education in Emergencies Specialist of the Institute of International Education (IIE)