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CESAER supports Science4Refugees initiative

       

Since the beginning of 2015, more than 500,000 refugees have come to the European Union. Among them are many talented people in need for education or jobs, besides their most urgent needs such as accommodation and food. Universities can use the EU’s research employment portal EURAXESS to flag jobs, internships and training courses as being specifically open to refugees holding university degrees, in order to help them to put their skills and experience to good use in Europe's research system, find employment and improve their long-term situation.

“There is no indication that the refugee crisis will end soon, we will be challenged to find ways and means to help but also to see the situation as an opportunity”, says Karel Luyben, President of CESAER and Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology. “While the European Commission has launched this Science4refugees initiative to match refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with scientific institutions prepared to offer them positions, internships or training, individual institutions could, for instance, adopt special measures to cater for the refugees seeking higher education. CESAER member institutions could consider the possibility of offering scholarships and fellowships to support Syrian graduates or look into online learning possibilities, to name a few. I am convinced that there is real will and expertise to help the Syrian refugees within our universities and I encourage my colleagues to be creative and flexible and to take action in line with their national higher education systems”.

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