Internationalization and Refugee Education

Date: Nov. 12, 2021

Time: 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Location: Online

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According to UNHCR, less than one percent of the more than 26.4 million refugees worldwide are resettled each year. Only 3% of refugees have access to higher education compared to the 37% global higher education access rate.

It is only through collective community, national and global communities’ efforts and partnerships that change can take place, ensuring that all children and youth have access to quality education and that nobody gets left behind (UNSDG #4). Hence, working towards UN SDG4 that aims to deliver “inclusive and quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning.” Participation of refugees in higher education strengthens national education systems to the benefit of both host and refugee communities.

The global community, led by UNHCR, has committed to Tertiary Education 15by30 Roadmap target – ensuring that 15% of young refugees, or approximately 500,000 refugees in total, can access higher education by 2030. Canada’s ‘Together for Learning,’ launched in 2021, is an international campaign to promote quality education and lifelong learning for refugees.

Sheridan continues to partner with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to sponsor student refugees through the Student Refugee Program (SRP), which was created by WUSC in 1978. Sheridan is one of over 95 Canadian schools, and the first Ontario college, to welcome over 130 refugees per year from around the world as students and permanent residents.

In September 2016 Sheridan and the Sheridan Student Union welcomed its first refugee student to campus as part of the Student Refugee Program (SRP) and, to date, has supported five students to pursue their education in a safe environment. More recently, Sheridan has welcomed three athletes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team through a new complementary pathway of WUSC’s long-standing Student Refugee Program.

Having fled their countries due to conflict and persecution, refugees often find themselves in limbo, where they face barriers to studying, working and pursuing their passions. This webinar aims to shed light on this global crisis and discuss innovative and collaborative solutions to respond to it.

Audience: Public event – please feel free to invite your colleagues and networks to attend this webinar. Registration required.


  • HaEun Kim, Program Administrator, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees – Faculty of Education, York University
  • Michael Casasola, Senior Resettlement Officer, UNHCR
  • Katharine Im-Jenkins, Chief Programs Officer, World University Services (WUSC)
  • Phyllis Mureu, Executive Director, Windle International Kenya (WIK)

Moderated by: Sunand Sharma, Associate Dean, Community Citizenship and Student Leadership & Engagement – Sheridan

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