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Top-level support boosts refugee programmes, universities find

Programmes for helping refugee students and researchers are more likely to be successful if they are backed by the highest level of university governance, according to an analysis of three such initiatives.

Top-level support helps to secure recognition of staff involvement in refugee programmes, according to a statement published by the Coimbra group of multidisciplinary universities on 28 September. The statement was reporting on an analysis of programmes run by a trio of Coimbra members: the universities of Bologna, Geneva and Louvain.

Other factors found to have contributed to the apparent success of the refugee programmes at these universities included taking “a holistic approach that tackles the various obstacles faced by refugee students, including psychological or health issues and practical matters such as housing”.

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