The father of UT student Mohamad Mahayri (28) owned a chocolate factory. ‘Oh yes, I could eat all the chocolate I wanted. But the factory was near Aleppo and it was destroyed in the war.’ So was Mahayri’s university, which was shot down during an air strike. Shortly after, he decided to come to the Netherlands, and a few weeks ago he obtained his bachelor's degree in International Business Administration at the UT.
Sheltersuit is a waterproof and windproof coat which can be transformed into a sleeping bag for refugees and homeless. The creation with origins in Enschede is now going to receive an upgrade – with the help of the UT’s DesignLab.
A group of refugees is working at the University of Twente this week, developing their prototypes and business ideas within the program STAR/T, which was initiated and designed by the UT.
Tuesday afternoon Connecting Hands at the UT hosted one of its final activities, BBQ and volleyball, with refugees from the AZC in Azelo, as the asylum center is soon shutting down due to a lack of incoming refugees.
Today marked the first in the series of events that the UT’s Connecting Hands Committee organized for refugees, who wish to pursue university studies in the Netherlands. About twenty asylum seekers from AZC visited the campus to get acquainted with the University of Twente and to connect with local students.
The Connecting Hands association invited asylum seekers from the AZC for ice skating at the Ijsbaan Twente on Tuesday evening. Around 37 refugees from the asylum centre in Azelo were paired with their own student buddy from the UT for a night of snacks, drinks, and skating.
DesignLab at the University of Twente is currently a home base for aspiring refugee entrepreneurs. Fourteen young Syrian refugees from a pre-startup school Delitelabs will be at the UT until Friday, working on their business ideas. ‘We encourage local students to come to the DesignLab. You will be surprised at the magic that happens when you put together people of different background,’ says Christof Hawle, Director of Delitelabs.
Asylum seekers from asylum center in Azelo visited the University of Twente yesterday. They participated in a small football tournament and a campus tour, both organized by the UT´s Connecting Hands Committee.
A computer course for asylum seekers took place yesterday at the University of Twente. About 30 asylum seekers residing in Twente attended the course to learn some basic computer skills, but also to practice Dutch and start their integration into the local society.
Master’s student Jagvir Brar (Educational Science and Technology) is giving a workshop about Rumie, this Thursday in the Ravelijn building. Rumie is a non-profit organization, aiming to make education affordable and accessible for children.
A think-tank titled 'Refugees@UT' took place yesterday, October 12th. The event, which was organized by UT Nieuws, Studium Generale and the Student Union, generated many helpful ideas and brought them to attention of UT students and employees, who could also sign up as volunteers for various initiatives focused on helping refugees.
Educating refugees, donating a day off and designing a digital way of communication. What else can you do? Together with Studium Generale and the Student Union, UT News organizes a thinktank afternoon, called ‘Refugees@UT’.