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Refugees Initiative

Kiron – The Online University for Students

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Rostock

COUNTRY

Germany

CITY

Rostock

Address

University of Rostock
18051 Rostock

TYPOLOGY

- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Non formal education activities for students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- Social Events
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- Students

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

The idea for Kiron dates back to 2014. Refugees should be given an opportunity to continue their higher education while waiting in refugee camps for their asylum application to be processed, or should be able to complete language qualifications to study at a university in Germany (or another country).
Kiron students have the opportunity to continue their studies online in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and then switch to a Kiron partner university. The partner universities recognise certain MOOCs, so that students can start in a later course semester as soon as they meet all the formal requirements to apply for a place.
Refugees all around the world can study online with Kiron free of charge.

In addition to the MOOCs, there are a number of other services available to Kiron students:

• Student guidance
• Buddy programme
• Mentoring programme
• Student forum
• Study Centres in selected cities in Germany

The University of Rostock has been a Kiron partner university since October 2016. The Institute of Computer Science is fully committed to giving refugees the opportunity to study at the University of Rostock. Discussions are currently under way with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology.

You can find more information at: https://kiron.ngo.