At the end of 2015, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched a package for refugees to study in German universities. As it has become a great success story the current government is now extending the programme. Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the BMBF, commented in the following way: “The commitment of German universities and the many student initiatives continues. Meanwhile, several thousand refugees have made it into a regular bachelor’s or master’s program. We see them as any other international students as an enrichment for Germany. That is why the BMBF is promoting for refugee students continue.” In the first year, 2016, 6800 participated in the programme and 2017 this increased to 10 000 participants. Besides the obvious benefits of knowledge and skills development as a bridge into the labour market, the education’s force for integration cannot be overrated. Source: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
University studies for Refugees – a success story
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