With Europe seeing a flood of refugees coming in every year, Berlin-based Kiron University has taken upon itself the task of offering these refugees the hope of building a bright new future for themselves through education.
Kiron University was founded in December 2014. It is a new online university whose vision is to provide millions of refugees worldwide the opportunity to graduate from university -- and with free tuition. The university has currently partnered with around 20 universities across the world to offer its students a three-year internationally accredited degree program. The components of this program include a two-year online module at Kiron University, and a one-year offline program at the partner university.
All the students need to provide to qualify for this program is a proof of their refugee status.
According to their crowdfunding page, Kiron University allow the refugees to enroll and study, even if their legal status, documents or previous school certificates do not meet the requirements to enroll in an university. They can complete their two-year online courses with Kiron, and need to fulfill those requirements only before the offline program with the partner university.
Kiron University is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Startnext. They want to start the pilot by funding 1000 refugee students. They have already raised 161,000 Euros from 1058 supporters. The campaign is still on.