Enable a study program for a refugee!

An aid project by “Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH” (M. Kreßler) in Berlin, Germany

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M. Kreßler (Project Manager)

M. Kreßler
Our idea at a glance

Kiron Open Higher Education wants to empower refugees to study and finish a university degree by providing them with the basic human right of higher education.

Support our students now with either a monthly or an entire bachelor scholarship and contribute to one of the most important parts of the integration process: education!

The Problem

Refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people in regions of crisis face particular obstacles to access higher education in their home as well as in their host countries. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees identifies as main challenges:

  • lack of legal documentation and school certificates
  • high international student fees
  • lack of capacity of educational institutions
  • language barriers. 

All this prevents people to live up to their potential and therefore causes despair, unstable societies and high integration costs for host countries.

The Solution

Kiron Open Higher Education is a non-profit organization with the mission to remove the barriers for refugees and displaced people in order to access higher education through the provision of free education. Initially, we offer our students bachelor degrees in four popular areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Business & Economics
  • Social Sciences

The Extraordinary Fact

We enable refugees to study even if their legal status, documents or prior school certificates do not fit the requirements to enter a regular university yet. Our degree program consists of a 2-year online part at Kiron and a one to two year offline part at one of our partner universities. Only before the transfer our students have to fulfill the requirements of our partner universities in order to enroll regularly. All courses are offered in English. Degrees are granted in cooperation with recognized State Universities and according to the legal requirements.

The Education Philosophy

Kiron believes that the future of higher education is “blended learning”: the symbiosis of offline and online education. For the first two years, our students can choose courses from our curriculum of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Those courses of universities like Harvard, MIT and RWTH Aachen are already accessible to everyone in the cloud. Put simply, we take these open source online courses, modify them with the latest e-learning technology and enable flexible and tailor-made study programs with real-life working sessions, projects in teamwork, mentoring and student support. For the third or fourth year, students go to one of our many established international partner universities. Those usually have 50% free seats in the last year due to dropouts. Previously done online-courses can be recognized and students attend regular courses afterwards. In the end they are able to receive a recognized degree of an accredited partner university.

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