MORE – refugee initiative of Austrian universities

_fer8019-kopieIn September 2015, the Universities Austria uniko founded the MORE-initiative. Young people coming to Austria after fleeing their country, bear a lot of potential and knowledge, which may be successfully fostered and integrated in the receiving societies. With basic needs such as shelter, food and medical care fulfilled, MORE seeks to develop future opportunities for refugees. This year, the Vienna Ball of Sciences again supports this great initiative with all generated money at the roulette-table of our partner Casinos Austria.   

Main goal of this refugee initiative of Austrian Universities is enabling access to education for young people, who left their countries because of war. By now, all 21 public universities in Austria are involved with MORE, offering various programs for refugees to be integrated into university life: MORE-Courses aim offering access to language courses, lectures and artistic study fields. Additionally, MORE-Perspectives enables scholars and artists who had to flee their country a platform where they can share their knowledge with colleagues at Austrian universities. MORE-Activities are open formats helping intercultural communication and integration.

The success of MORE is mostly guaranteed with voluntary help. Until now, the initiative could offer access to education for more than 1.700 students and refugees. Also, some of them could be financially supported for public transport tickets and books. The Vienna Ball of Sciences is glad to support the MORE-initiative again with the upcoming ball!

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