Paving the Way: Refugees in German Higher Education

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Bernd Fischer, Deputy Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research,

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

Many refugees coming to Germany are highly educated. In late 2015, at the beginning of the so-called “European refugee crisis”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched a 100 Million Euro four-year initiative to pave the way for refugees into the German higher education system.

200 universities are taking part in the programs rolled out by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), assessing the refugees’ university entrance qualification, offering preparatory language and propaedeutic courses as well as providing guidance and support by hundreds of volunteering student initiatives.

Bernd Fischer, will give an evidence-based presentation on the programs and their achievements so far.
Bernd Fischer is the first Practitioner-in-Residence at GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute. The fellowship program offers professionals who work in government as well as in nongovernmental organizations, the fields of social work, or in relevant media on issues of migration politics a short-time stay to catch up with relevant literature and reflect, from a distance, on their everyday tasks.

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