Experts seek to support at-risk scholars

The role of higher education in supporting displaced people worldwide will be explored at a University event this week.

Academics and university leaders from around the world will discuss long-term approaches to supporting refugees and at-risk scholars.

The two-day event will devise the policies needed to ensure learning can help displaced people rebuild their lives.

Attendees will discuss how universities can work in partnership with each other and partners in commerce and industry to provide more opportunities.

The event will focus on alternative routes into higher education for displaced populations, distance learning opportunities, mobility and scholarships.  

‘Extending the Welcome’ takes place from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 March.

World representatives

Universities taking part include Kings College London, the Open University, the Universities of New South Wales and Ottawa, Bangladesh’s Asian University for Women and Uganda’s Makerere University.

UNESCO and the Ugandan High Commission will also be represented alongside NGOs including the World University Service Canada, the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) and the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants.

The event has been organised by the University in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the British Council. 

Higher education’s approach to supporting the growing number of refugees has been responsive and urgent, but there remains a need for a longer-term vision if universities are to ensure that refugees, displaced peoples and at-risk scholars can fulfil their potential through higher education.

Professor James SmithVice-Principal International, the University of Edinburgh


A short film about last year’s CARA conference at Edinburgh can be viewed here.

Global citizenship

Edinburgh has a long history of welcoming those in need of safety – whether from war and poverty, or as a result of the current refugee crisis.

The University is providing refugees in the city with a range of educational support. This includes basic English classes and admission onto undergraduate courses.

Access for Refugees

Edinburgh Global run a Refugee Advisory Service. It offers advice and assistance to prospective students and staff with refugee status and protected status/asylum.


Access for refugees

Humanitarian Assistance

Council for at risk academics

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CARA film