The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the University of Nicosia on Tuesday signed an agreement to collaborate to help refugees in Cyprus and elsewhere.
The UNHCR said the agreement “signed today on the occasion of World Refugee Day, aims to commit the two institutions to joint activities in two key areas, namely, to provide increased opportunities for refugees to access tertiary education and to equip the university’s students and next generation leaders with specialised knowledge in international refugee law and practice”.
“Innovative partnerships such as the one we have entered into with the prestigious University of Nicosia are essential, particularly at the present time when we are confronted with many complex challenges accompanying refugees in their search for protection and lasting solutions,” said Damtew Dessalegne, UNHCR Representative in Cyprus.
“Our actions are focused on both dimensions, supporting individual refugees and migrants, while also working with public bodies to improve support services,” said University of Nicosia rector Philippos Pouyioutas.
The agreement includes a scholarship programme for refugees in Cyprus, distance learning opportunities for needy refugees elsewhere, promotion of international refugee law through regular lectures and workshops, a UNHCR internship scheme for graduate students and joint research studies in the areas of refugees and migration.
The University of Nicosia is offering two full scholarships for young refugees in Cyprus who meet the academic criteria but would not otherwise have the opportunity for a university education.