EU Passworld Roundtable on Complementary Education Pathways

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The two-part workshop took place both before and after the conference 'The Other 1 Percent - Refugees at Institutions for Higher Education Worldwide', opened by Germany's Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Mass and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and attended by over 300 participants.

Its aim was to discuss the structure and setting up of a new tertiary education student network. For several months prior to the workshop, the participants had already engaged in online discussions moderated by UNHCR and supported by a Student Leadership Team of five students/alumni. 

In the delegation were students and alumni traveling from Chad, Ghana, Ecuador, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, and Rwanda. During their week-long stay in Berlin, they actively took part in a number of activities around Higher Education for Refugees, and interacted with many stakeholders. ; Only 1% of refugees get higher education, or go to university, compared to 37% of young people worldwide. Those who do access higher learning are examples of perseverance and talent in the face of challenging conditions and limited opportunities. 

The impact of higher education is perhaps best expressed by those who have defied the odds. Not only do refugees bring skills and talent to the countries that host them, but they also possess a tremendous potential that education can unlock.

The longstanding collaboration between the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and UNHCR reflects their common vision to help refugee youth realize opportunities for self-reliance for themselves and their communities through higher education. The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) – of which the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) is the main funding partner – is a scholarship programme that has been expanding access for refugees to earn a higher education degree since 1992. So far, more than 15,500 young refugee women and men in 51 countries h

The Share Network - coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe - and Nexus 3.0, are pleased to invite you to the upcoming one-day Roundtable on Complementary Education Pathways in Europe: first lessons learned, taking place on Tuesday, 21 May in Lisbon.
The event is organised as part of the EU-Passworld project, funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The project's goal is to design and pilot new education and labour pathways for Belgium, Ireland, and Italy, engaging receiving communities to support with welcome and integration of displaced students and workers.
Please be aware that attendance to this roundtable is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please fill in the registration form by April 29, 2024.
A full programme as well as logistical details will follow. For those unable to attend in person, there will be an opportunity to follow part of the event online through a streaming link.

For more information on the roundtable as well as the EU-Passworld project, please contact Gabriela Agatiello at

Event Details

21 May 2024

Location: Lisbon
Register here

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