The University of Barcelona has visited Iraqi Kurdistan as part of the European RESCUE project

The European project for international cooperation RESCUE seeks to help improve the access of displaced persons and refugees to universities in the Middle East and Northern Africa through the creation and management of ad hoc support offices.

A delegation from the University of Barcelona participated, from May 8 to 12, 2017, on a field visit to Iraqi Kurdistan to identify the needs of the Duhok University and the Duhok Polytechnic University in terms of access facilitation of displaced persons and refugees to higher education.

The visit has been carried out within the framework of the European project for international cooperation RESCUE, which aims to help improve the access of displaced persons and refugees to the universities in the host countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA region).

In particular, RESCUE seeks to support universities in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the creation and management of ad hoc information and support offices for refugee university students (R-SOS), whose mission is to structure specific services that advise this group on the resumption of its academic training itinerary.

The RESCUE project, of three years duration (2016-2019), is co-funded by the program Erasmus+ for capacity building in higher education, and is coordinated by the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), in which the University of Barcelona takes part.

RESCUE is one of the projects that the UB promotes within the frame of its Support program for refugees and people from conflict areas, managed by the UB Solidarity Foundation.

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