Eight asylum seekers and refugees have begun their studies in DCU as part of our University of Sanctuary programme this semester, which is now in its second year. In December 2016, DCU became Ireland’s first ever ‘University of Sanctuary’ highlighting our commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into higher education and fostering a culture of inclusion.
This year, six asylum seekers have been given the opportunity to study via DCU Connected, the University’s distance learning programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Two full-time University of Sanctuary students will also be joining the programme this year on campus, supported by generous corporate donors.
The students were welcomed to the University at an induction day in September and were equipped with smartphones and laptops, kindly donated by Vodafone and eBay.
Here at DCU Educational Trust, we are now seeking more support for this important programme. Rachael Dunne, Director of Development at DCU Educational Trust, commented on the importance of the project:
“The University of Sanctuary creates hope and opportunities for young people who are residents in direct provision. It allows them to integrate into society through participation in third level education, helping them to pursue a fulfilling life in Ireland. The University of Sanctuary allows these young students to feel welcomed into the DCU community.
“We are currently seeking partners to support the funding of this programme this year. Our aim is to ensure that students on the University of Sanctuary programme have the opportunity to focus on learning and discovery, free from financial stress and strain. DCU hopes, with the help of our partners, to support these students by covering everyday student essentials such as transport costs, meals, textbooks and laptops. Please get in touch if you feel you can help us to provide more support”
If you would like to find out more about how you can support this programme, please contact Sheena McLoughlin, Campaign Projects Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 700 5467.
You can also become a regular giver to University of Sanctuary via the ‘Donate Today’ page on our website.