Alumna Speaks on Rebuilding Syria; IIE in The Atlantic; DRC Alumnus Publishes Legal Paper; Save the Date for the 2nd Annual IIE-SRF Forum
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IIE-SRF Alumna Speaks at “Think Global: The Syrian Refugee Crisis Now” Conference

On November 2nd, IIE-SRF Alumna Amal Alachkar of Syria spoke on a panel at Texas Christian University (TCU)’s inaugural Think Global series, which addressed the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr. Alachkar emphasized the role of education in rebuilding Syria and eventually ending its humanitarian crisis. Interviewed for a TCU blog after the event, Dr. Alachkar commented, “Without this educated generation, we can’t rebuild this country.” The event was co-sponsored by TCU’s Discovering Global Citizenship initiative and the Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Discovering Global Citizenship was awarded the 2015 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for Internationalizing the Campus.

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The Atlantic Features IIE’s Research and Support for Syrian University Students

A recent article in The Atlantic explores the challenges organizations face in enrolling university-age Syrian students at higher education institutions outside of Syria. IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman comments in the article, “It’s such a witches’ brew of things we’re working against…If a university provides tuition scholarship, they need to find somebody to provide the transportation and living expenses when [the students] get to campus.” The article explains that, additionally, students often do not have their birth certificates or academic transcripts to help them enroll, and many face language barriers. Despite these challenges, the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis has facilitated scholarships for more than 150 Syrian students to continue their studies since 2012. Meanwhile, IIE-SRF has supported fellowships for 80 Syrian scholars to continue their research and teaching since the conflict began in 2011. As Dr. Goodman points out, “Every time we get a [single] student [placed] here we think of it as a victory.” The article highlights that without a coordinated effort on the part of universities and other higher education actors globally, Syria faces the very real possibility of a lost generation.

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IIE-SRF Alumnus Publishes New Article on Justice Reform in Kenya

IIE-SRF alumnus Prosper Nobirabo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently published a paper in the Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law entitled, â€œAccess to justice, impunity and legal pluralism in Kenya.” The research investigates current judicial reforms in Kenya and addresses the distinction between functional and structural aspects of impunity in the Kenyan justice system. An IIE-SRF fellow from 2006 to 2008 at the University of Bern in Switzerland, Dr. Nobirabo continues his academic work in Austria and is currently seeking a full-time faculty or research position in Europe. Institutions that may be interested in working with Dr. Nobirabo should contact IIE-SRF Scholar Support Specialist Melissa Mott at

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Save the Date:
April 28 & 29, 2016

2nd Annual IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Forum: Scholar Voices and University Action

Convening partners from diverse sectors, the second annual IIE-SRF Forum will address the urgent need to support scholars who have been silenced at home by censorship, violence, and other human rights abuses. IIE-SRF will dedicate the Forum’s first day to best practices among universities that are providing safe haven to scholars. The second day will offer a platform to the scholars, who will share their e xperiences and discuss several of the key crises of 2015. It will also explore the role of the university in responding to higher education emergencies.

Registration will open in early 2016.

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Of the 80 Syrian scholars awarded IIE-SRF fellowships since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 64% specialize in the STEM fields, 16% in the social sciences, and 20% in the humanities.
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Artist Protection Fund – New Fellowship Opportunity

Applications open
November 11, 2016

The Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund (APF) makes life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from every field of artistic endeavor and places them at host universities and art centers in countries where they can continue their work in safety.

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Previous Issues of The Beacon:

October 22, 2015 - IIE-SRF's Syria Efforts Featured; Iraqi Scholar Lecture on ISIS; Syrian Scholar Interviewed; IIE-SRF Alumna's Work Honored

October 8, 2015 - Former President of Tikrit University Honored; Syrian Scholars Making an Impact; IIE-SRF Featured in Inside Higher Ed; Art Event Hosted by IIE-SRF

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