What does a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

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The driving concept behind much of jamiya.org ’s work is reconnecting displaced communities and networks. 70 years ago during World War II (and a comparable time of human displacement), the University in Exile and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales were established in the New School in New York. But what should a University in Exile look like in the 21st century?

Networks, whether they are business, social or education, do not disappear during conflict and displacement. They are disrupted: the institutional support or infrastructure on which the network relied upon is destroyed or dismantled during war. But they exist before, during and after war.

At Jamiya we’re asking:

  • how to make these networks more resilient before war;
  • how to reconnect them during displacement by conflict; and
  • how they can be re-established and contribute to reconstruction after conflict.

And we’re focussing on higher education networks.

During World War II…

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