A Syrian refugee in Nigeria wins a scholarship to study at the University of Siena, Italy

A Syrian refugee in Nigeria wins a scholarship to study at the University of Siena, Italy
A Syrian refugee in Nigeria wins a scholarship to study at the University of Siena, Italy
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Syrian refugee Reem won a scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Siena, Italy, thanks to the “UNICOR” program, which is adopted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

After fleeing her country, the young Syrian woman, “Reem”, sought asylum in Nigeria and obtained “refugee status” there. And soon after that, she arrived at the University of Siena in Italy to continue her studies, thanks to the program (Unicore)which was sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which was born in 2019, as part of a pilot phase in which two universities received 6 students, and then expanded in 2020 and 2021.

In its fourth edition, the project has expanded again to include refugees in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, and was created in such a way as to provide refugee students with special means to continue their academic path at universities in other countries.

The war in Syria forces her to flee

Reem began her university studies at Tishreen University in Lattakia, after that, she became a teacher and taught French in schools in the city of Hama in Syria.

The outbreak of the war in Syria led to destabilization at various levels, so she decided to flee to Nigeria, where she and her husband obtained refugee status. Reem has a brother who lives in Germany, while their parents were unable to leave the country and still live in Syria.

Reem is the first winning student at the University of Siena thanks to the UNICOR project, an initiative created to give refugee students on African lands the opportunity to continue their academic careers in Italian universities.

Meeting with the university president

A specific committee chaired by Professor Federico Lenzerini chose Rimme, who now has the opportunity to access a master’s degree course in the specialty “Language and Mind”. The student will benefit from a scholarship provided by the university in addition to a place of residence throughout the training period.

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The Dean of the University, “Roberto Di Pietra”, expressed his happiness and said, “I am happy with the positive outcome of the project, and because this scholarship was granted to this student.” He added, “Now I wish Reem a fruitful continuation of her studies at the University of Siena.”

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The meeting was attended by Professor Federico Lenzerini, Vice Dean for Research Students from Crisis Regions, Director General Emanuele Fedora, and Professor Vanna Micheli of the NGO Caritas in Siena.

The student thanked the Rector and the audience, and expressed her gratitude for the opportunity given to her to be able to continue the training course in Siena.

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Collaboration of the University of Siena with the UNHCR

The University of Siena has committed itself to being declared a comprehensive university in June 2020, in addition to the Unicore project.

Professor Federico Lenzerini said, “Participation in the UNICOR project confirms the university’s commitment to the benefit of refugee students, and strengthens our cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and with the various humanitarian associations involved.

He added that the selection “was not an easy one, because all candidates deserve to be chosen, if only from a human point of view. However, we were able to obtain a scholarship, and we hope that today marks the starting point for a commitment that we hope to be able to strengthen in the future.”

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