(left to Right: Kristin Bleyder, FH Lübeck, RWTH Aachen Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Universitätsprofessor Aloys Krieg, Hila Azadzoy, Kiron Open Higher Education, Vincent Zimmer, Kiron Open Higher Education, Dr.-Ing. Rolf Granow, FH Lübeck Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, BMBF, Florian Rampelt, Kiron Open Higher Education)
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports Kiron Open Higher Education and two of its partner universities in their mission to offer free education to refugees.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has always been committed to the task of the integration of foreign students in Germany. Since 2015 it also focus on the education of refugees. Digital tools and innovative educational platforms are important. In order to use them, the BMBF will support Kiron Open Higher Education and its partner universities RWTH Aachen and the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck.
“By supporting Kiron Open Higher Education and its partners RWTH Aachen and the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck, we want to reach several goals: to support talented young people in their preparation for academic studies and their access to a university in Germany. At the same time, we want to support innovative approaches for academic education and modern, digitally-based teaching and basic services for the early stages of higher education. These pilot formats can attract potential students from abroad – not only in the context of refugees,” said Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, Secretary of State of the BMBF.
The mission of Kiron Open Higher Education is to provide refugees worldwide with the opportunity to graduate with an accredited university degree, free of charge. In close cooperation with the partner universities, the digital education program was founded in spring 2015 as a social start-up. Since then the BMBF has been in close contact with Kiron and will now include Kiron Open Higher Education in its strategic development and professionalization programs. For the pilot project “INTEGRAL² – integration and participation of refugees in the context of digital teaching and learning scenarios” the BMBF network partners will support Kiron from September 2016 till October 2017.
“This strategic cooperation with our partner universities is an important step in order to expand our digital educational programs. Based on corresponding research, we can offer educational opportunities for as many displaced people as possible The support of the BMBF is essential for the success of this innovative project and to strengthen its further expansion, ” (Vincent Zimmer, co-founder of Kiron)
(Ulrich Plett, MdA)
For more information please look at the official press release (German only)