The Right to Higher Education: Refugees’ Access to University in Malaysia Event Recap

On 18 October 2022, New Naratif ran The Right to Higher Education: Refugees’ Access to University in Malaysia, an online discussion event initiated by the Civic Participation Department (CP) with the support of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS) foundation.

The event featured two speakers: Joshua Low, a social anthropologist, journalist, and advocate working on migration issues in Malaysia and Ecuador, as well as Abdulmajid Chahrour, Programs Director at Fugee, an organisation based in Malaysia that provides education and youth support services to refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.

Using their expertise and experience, two of the speakers led the discussion on the challenges faced by refugee learners in Peninsular Malaysia as they grapple with the higher education labyrinth. Towards the end of the discussion, both speakers also discussed what the future could look like for refugee learners in Malaysia, as well as several opportunities for change.

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