Workshop 2 - Humanising Higher Education- situations of conflict, fragility and displacement

UNHCR set a global objective to achieve enrolment in higher education for 15% of the world’s refugee youth by 2030 (15by30). The skills, qualifications and knowledge acquired through higher education are key to ensuring those directly impacted by conflict and fragility have a role to play in resolving challenges facing the world today – war, poverty, massive and protracted displacement, gender inequality and more. To achieve the 15by30 goal, a range of partnerships are needed – between universities in host and receiving countries, between host community and refugee students, and between scholars in stabile and fragile situations. This workshop examines some of the most innovative and action-oriented higher education partnerships around the world, to inspire greater understanding of the role that higher education – institutions, administrators, teaching staff and students – can play in powerfully impacting situations of displacement, fragility and development by: 

  • Ensuring education is accessible to qualified refugee youth, regardless of their location or status
  • Providing a home for research, journalism, scholarship on conflicts and global crises
  • Working with students to create inclusive campuses that support enquiry, critique, understanding and action
  • Positioning more youth from situations of conflict and fragility to be leaders in rebuilding, reconstruction, peace and development


  • Manal Stulgaitis, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Adrian Little, University of Melbourne
  • Duncan Ross, Times Higher Education
  • Aisha Khurram, Tertiary Refugee Student Network