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WHO WE ARE
GLOBAL TASK FORCE

At the end of 2021, UNHCR estimated that 89.3 million people were forcibly displaced, including over 27 million refugees. 83% of refugees are hosted by low- and middle- income countries where local integration prospects remain limited or non – existent. University – aged refugees dreaming about continuing ther education find very few opportunities accessible to them and only 6% of the world´s refugees access higher education, compared to a global average of 40%. 

The Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways (GTF) promotes and supports the expansion of tertiary education as a complementary pathway for refugee students. Increasing the number of higher education pathways will not only help grow the number of refugees enrolled in higher education to 15% by 2030, as set forth in the Refugee Education 2030: A Strategy for Refugee Inclusion but also pursue the renovated goals of the Third Country Solution for Refugees: Roadmap 2030 as the next phase of The Three Year Strategy (2019-2021) on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.

BUILDING LIVES
THROUGH COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Only 6% of refugees have access to higher education compared to the global average of 40%. Expanding higher education opportunities for refugees in countries around the world is a tangible way for states, the international higher education community, and oher stakeholders to demonstrate solidarity with refugees and share responsibility with countries that are hosting large populations of forcibly displaced people. 
Complementary education pathways are safe and regulated avenues for refugees to travel from their country of aylum to a third country to pursue tertiary education. We encourage you to learn more and take action!

STUDENT STORIES
MEET RASHAD

Rashad Asaad is a rising third-year student at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. He is the recipient of the Syrian Scholars Initiative (SSI), a four-year scholarship program for Syrian refugees to study at ICU. SSI, a cooperative project between the Japan ICU Foundation, the Japan Association for Refugees, and ICU, is an example of a complementary education pathways program.

STUDENT STORIES
MEET RASHAD

Rashad Asaad is a rising third-year student at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. He is the recipient of the Syrian Scholars Initiative (SSI), a four-year scholarship program for Syrian refugees to study at ICU. SSI, a cooperative project between the Japan ICU Foundation, the Japan Association for Refugees, and ICU, is an example of a complementary education pathways program.

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR COMPLEMENTARY
EDUCATION PATHWAYS FOR REFUGEES

The Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways has developed Minimum Standards for Complementary Education Pathways for Refugees to ensure that existing and new programmes lead to the best possible aoutcomes. The document outlines standards for the design and iimplementation of complementary education pathways and is intended for use by states, higher education institutions, NGOs, and other relevant stakeholders who wish to ensure that their programme meets the minimum standards for protection, transparency, and support to refugee students.

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