ACU takes new initiative on academic refugees

Published on 07 April 2011

The needs of hundreds of academic refugees will receive greater international recognition, following discussions by university executive heads.

ACU members took a major step towards supporting persecuted scholars globally, by agreeing a new collaboration with the London-based Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA). The initiative followed a presentation by Professor John Akker, Executive Secretary of CARA, at the ACU Conference of Executive Heads in Hong Kong today.

Initial actions involve the establishment of a new ACU-CARA network, through which member universities can nominate a representative as their main contact with CARA-related work. The network will represent a major international extension of CARA’s work in supporting academics under threat in their home countries.