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Attend the final event of this year’s BHER Speaker's Series

Attend the final event of this year’s BHER Speaker's Series

students and their families who are part of the BHER program posing at a graduation ceremony at the Education Centre in the Dadaab camp. Some of the students are wearing/holding red York University t-shirts.

York University’s Faculty of Education, Centre for Refugee Studies and the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project will be hosting the final event of the 2021-22 BHER Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 16 at 9 a.m.

The event, “Higher Education in Comparative Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges” will explore the global access to post-secondary education and how it has expanded significantly over the past two decades. It will also highlight international higher education becoming an increasingly connected and competitive sector.

Header image of event flyer consisting of the following: Title of Event: Higher Education in Comparative Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges with Samson Madera Nashon, Donald Kisily Kombo, Fouzia Warsame & Kerry Bystrom; Date of Event: Wednesday, March 16, 2022; Time of Event: 9am Toronto/4pm Nairobi online via Zoom. Header also has an image of BHER students at their graduation ceremony at the Education Center in Dadaab
2021-2022 BHER Speaker Series March 16 event poster

This BHER Speaker Series event will welcome a panel of academic administrators and higher education experts involved in a range of internationalization efforts. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges to expanding higher educational access across borders and consider the possibilities for, and constraints to transnational higher education partnership. They will also bring attention to how public and private universities have become spaces for transnational engagement and despite the global growth in post-secondary enrolment, how there remain to be significant disparities in who can access higher education within and across national borders. 

The panel includes Samson Madera Nashon, head of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia (UBC); Donald Kisilu Kombo, an associate professor and dean at the School of Education at Kenyatta University; Fouzia Warsame, deputy chief of party – policy, curriculum and government liaison for the Bar ama Baro program at Creative Associates International; and Kerry Bystrom, an associate dean, and associate professor of English and human rights at Bard College Berlin. 

Moderators of the event are Philemon Misoy, project liaison officer at BHER, and Rachel Silver, assistant professor at the Faculty of Education. 

This event is a part of the BHER Speaker Series 2021-22 Reciprocal Learning Beyond Crisis. The BHER Speaker Series remains the first of its kind hosted at the Faculty of Education that equally features experts from York University and from institutions that are comprised of or work with refugees. 

To learn more about the panellists and join the virtual event, click here.   

Article originally published in the March 7, 2022 issue of Yfile.