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Purpose
  • Higher Ed (formal)
An innovative education model is designed to surmount all four of the access challenges faced by refugees: Legal obstacles, language barriers, financial barriers, physical capacity of HEIs. Study programmes are implemented in Germany, France, Turkey and Jordan in four different fields (business, engineering, computer science and social science). Students are enrolled in a three to four year programme whereby, ideally, the first two years are done online and the final year (to two years) at a partner university. The online phase is done via MOOCs that have been selected by Kiron, provided by MOOC platforms and partner universities. Students can begin studying at all stages of the displacement and resettlement process - they do not have to wait for their legal status to be finalised. A buddy programme, counseling services and language classes are already provided during the online phase, as well as career services and ‘Study Hubs’. This is provided in cooperation with local partner universities, volunteers and NGOs. Students earn credits for their online course work and, when ready, can apply to enter a partner university to complete their studies.
Title Kiron Open Higher Education
Date launched 2015
Duration Ongoing
Purpose Higher education degree (formal)
Online or Blended Blended
Learning objectives Allow refugees to fulfil their potential through higher education and graduate with an accredited university degree.
Target group Refugees in different phases of the resettlement process, seeking higher education.
Evaluation results/ monitoring plan Funding has been generated from BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF) for the professionalisation and quality improvement of the Kiron programme. A long term evaluation is being done by the University of Bonn (impact assessment over the next 8 years). This will cover all study programmes offered as well as the mentoring programme and the language programme. Data learning analytics are received regularly by MOOCs/MOOC platform that Kiron utilises. This helps to assess the engagement and “success” of students
Recognition or certification of learning Kiron currently has over 23 partner institutions that are committed to work on the process of recognition. The objective is that once accepted to the programme, students will eventually have their online credits recognised by the partner university at which they will later apply to study, if that university accepts them according to their normal enrolment standards. Kiron is working closely with the recognition offices and services of partner universities.
Financing and sustainability model Kiron charges no admission fees. Costs are covered through a combination of funding, investments, and donations. Initial funds were generated through a crowd-funding campaign on Startnext and were generated almost exclusively from German donors. Kiron works with independent organisations to achieve financial transparency and releases an annual report of finances. For the future, Kiron aims to work with companies (that could also be potential employers for their students) and generate more Social Impact Investment.
Leading Organization Kiron, a social start-up and registered NGO in Germany
Contact Person https://kiron.ngo/contact

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