Refugee Week: connection through education

20 Jun 2019

Refugee Week 2019 poster showing two women, possibly mother and daughter, in a kitchen smiling to camera

During Refugee Week, we’re reminded of – and celebrate – the positive contributions refugees make to Australian society. Most of us are familiar with the story of at least one remarkable refugee: think of pioneering orthopaedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis, who fled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, or Deng Adut, who escaped Sudan after years as a child soldier. Higher education was integral to the success of both these remarkable men.

UAC is proud to support university equity programs, which aim to help refugees gain access to tertiary education and give them the financial support to complete their studies.

To reach university education level, a young refugee has to overcome significant barriers and only one in 100 makes it. (UNHCR education report, 2016)

UAC processes applications to Educational Access Schemes, which institutions use to mitigate a range of educational disadvantages that may impact access to higher education. Importantly, these schemes address the specific issues faced by refugees applying for tertiary courses.

UAC also administers the Equity Scholarships program, which provides financial support to disadvantaged students so that they can complete their studies. Again, these scholarships recognise the specific circumstances of refugees.

Explore the wide range of disadvantages addressed by UAC's access schemes and follow the step-by-step guides to applying: Educational Access Schemes / Equity Scholarships.

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