A US-Based Program To Offer Free Online University Courses For Refugees Worldwide!By Vinay Patel, UniversityHerald Reporter
Looks like a good news for refugees worldwide as they can now pick from over 1,000 online university courses for absolutely free as part of an endeavor to offer education and skills training under a US-based program.
The program was unveiled Monday, June 20 as a part of World Refugee Day.
Under the initiative, refugees will be offered access to courses at acclaimed schools including Harvard University in U.S. and Scotland-based University of Edinburgh in an array of topics ranging from neuroscience to computer coding, according to Coursera, a for-profit provider of MOOCs (massive open online courses).
Ideally, course fees could range from $29 to $99, Coursera noted.
Under the program initiated in collaboration with the Department of State, non-profit organizations can apply for financial aid for refugees so that they can take courses free of cost, BangorDailyNews reported.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported a record 65.3 million people worldwide were displaced at the end of 2015.
Many of these refugees hail from Syria and Iraq, where Daesh Takfiri terrorists have been creating chaos.
Many experts, academics as well as political commentators hold United States responsible for the situation, citing the nation's policies - including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 - has resulted in utter chaos in the zone.
Coursera's head of government partnerships, Rebecca Taber explained in a statement that the program is designed as an attempt to provide as many refugees as possible with more access to education in career significant skills, while they go in quest of finding new homes.
US embassies as well as consulates are expected to back the initiative, PressTV reported.
Evan Ryan, who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs noted in a statement that Coursera for Refugees places confidence in their work in order to help people achieve success in the global economy.
Kiron University in Berlin also offers online courses and degrees to refugees for absolutely free, according to the institute's official website.