02 Jun 2021

Bernhard Streitwieser: Refugees – much work remains

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The displacement of people as a consequence of war and persecution has sadly become a regular fixture in the daily news, making us accustomed to such humanitarian crises and perhaps less alert to the urgency of immediate response.

For international higher education professionals, taking action means facilitating refugees’ access to higher education. Despite the tremendous efforts made in the past decade, the numbers show that only a small percentage of refugees find their way into higher education. To discuss what is being done to remedy this, and why this work is crucial for the success and wealth of our own societies, we are joined by Dr Bernhard Streitwieser of George Washington University, a keen observer on refugees’ inclusion in higher education in an international perspective.

About Bernhard Streitwieser

Bernhard Streitwieser is Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at George Washington University. His research looks comparatively at the impact of globalisation on the internationalisation of higher education, focusing on three main themes: migrants and refugees; student mobility and exchange; and international branch campuses and competition. Prior to joining GWU, Bernhard has held research and teaching positions on both sides of the Atlantic, having worked at Humboldt University of Berlin, Northwestern University, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the American Institutes for Research. His co-edited volume titled Refugees and higher education: questioning the notion of integration is forthcoming this year.

Further reading

For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

World Refugee Day

Inclusion via education: integrating refugees in German society (EAIE blog)

Qualifications Passport: a global recognition for refugees (EAIE blog)

→ A university mobilised in the refugee crisis (EAIE blog)

UNHCR 15by30 target

Easier Said than Done – Still, Germany and the U.S. Need to Break the Cycle on Migration (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies)

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