JRS kicks off refugee education project with Erasmus Mundus
This is a tremendous opportunity for our refugee friends who often experience doors closed on them. JRS is committed to this project, support the applicants and we hope that those who are accepted will work hard and gain greater freedom and capacity to better their lives.
Bangkok, 03 Nov 2011 – Refugees and asylum seekers now have the opportunity to get a degree in European universities in 2012 as applications to the AREAS scholarship was launched in November 1 with a kick-off meeting of consortium partners in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
The Academic Relations between Asia and Europe (AREAS) is a mobility and scholarship project financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 programme. “AREAS want to ensure that vulnerable populations under Target 3 category are well-served,” Bianca Buttiglione, Project Coordinator based in Politecnico di Torino which is the coordinating institution of a consortium that includes 24 partner universities and institutions from Europe and Asia. Students from the partner universities (Target 1) and priority countries (Target 2) are also eligible to apply.
JRS joined AREAS partnership as an associate member to assist in promoting and recruiting students from Target 3 category defined as “having a refugee status or asylum, belonging to an indigenous population or IDPs” and those who in vulnerable situations for political, economic reasons or physical disabilities. Nationals from the following countries are eligible to apply: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.