Sunday, October 11, 2015

Online university offers refugees chance to study for free - ASTRID ZWEYNERT, Reuters

Kiron University, named after the centaur Chiron, known in Greek mythology for nurturing others in times of need, was founded last year by a group of students in Berlin. "A lack of resources, legal documents and language skills all combine to make it very hard for refugees to get back into education," said Kiron co-founder Odai Al Hashmi, a Syrian who fled to Germany via Turkey in 2013. To join Kiron University, applicants have to present only a document confirming their refugee status or a certificate stating that they have started applying for it. Kiron has designed a three-year program and partnered with top universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Yale in the United States, which already offer accredited online degree courses.

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