International Educator - January/February 2013 - 11
Kenyan University to Open Campus Near Refugee Camp
ADAAB , a city in northeastern Kenya and home to the world’s largest
refugee camp, is the site for Kenyatta University’s newest branch campus. The campus planned to begin enrolling students in January 2013 and will serve Kenyan citizens as well as Somali refugees living at the camp. Kenyatta’s newest campus will offer undergraduate and master’s courses in a range of subjects including finance, marketing, project management, education, public administration, community mobilization, and peace and conflict studies, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). University officials say they hope that the new courses will empower the nearly 500,000 refugees “through tertiary education, capacity building and research so as to effectively prepare them for post conflict arbitration/mediation and reintegration.” “This is a big leap forwards, it is a win-win situation—a win for Kenya and a win for the refugees,” said Dominik Bartsch, head of UNHCR’s operations in Dadaab.
Donation to Alma Mater Supports Internationalization Efforts
OHN CHRISTIAN , presi-
dent and CEO of CAPA International Education,
has pledged $200,000 to support international education at his alma mater, SUNY Oswego. A portion of the donation will fund the school’s Presidents’ International Initiatives, created to further the comprehensive internationalization efforts on campus. The rest of the donation will establish the José Ramon Pérez International Scholarship, which will offer six students full scholarships for study abroad. Christian credits his study abroad experience in London with helping him discover his passion for international education, and he has spent more than two decades in the field. His gift to his alma mater will provide need-based scholarships to students who otherwise might not have the resources to study abroad and allow the college to continue incorporating global thinking into the curriculum. “Study abroad doesn’t just have an impact,” said Christian when presenting his gift, “but can truly transform lives. The world is an amazing teacher. All you have to do is listen.”
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Men, women and children wait for relief aid in the Dadaab refugee camp for thousands of Somalis.
Advocating for International Students’ Rights in Australia
HE AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION has outlined a set of principles intended to call attention to the treatment of international students and protect their rights . While the majority of visiting students report positive
experiences, the commission seeks to ensure that all international students are given the opportunity to succeed while studying in Australia . The four main principles listed are as follows:
n■ Enhancing the human rights of international students; n■ Ensuring all international students have access to human rights and freedom from
n■ Understanding the diverse needs of international students; and n■ Empowering international students during their stay in Australia .
Several highly publicized reports of discrimination and mistreatment of international students in recent years have affected international enrollment from many countries . The principles were developed with the help of international students to address a wide range of issues, and the commission translated the principles into 10 languages to increase their global impact .