WUSC calls on Canadian universities, colleges and cegeps to increase support to Syrian refugees

OTTAWA, Sept. 9, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - World University Service of Canada (WUSC) has called upon the leaders of post-secondary education institutions to increase their support to Syrian refugees through the Student Refugee Program.

Already active on over 65 campuses, the program empowers students, faculty and staff to sponsor young refugees to resettle in Canada and continue their education.

"WUSC has played a leadership role in bringing refugees to Canada and supporting them in receiving a high-quality education. These students become empowered to contribute to their home country and our own," says David Turpin, Chair of WUSC and President of the University of Alberta. "We invite all universities, colleges and cegeps to join us in our outreach."

This August, WUSC welcomed eight young Syrian refugees - as part of a much larger cohort - to study on campuses across Canada. But more could be done.

"We challenge academic institutions to help continue Canada's proud history of responding to the needs of refugees during times of crisis," announced Chris Eaton, Executive Director of World University Service of Canada. "We ask them to join our efforts in expanding the reach of our internationally-recognized Student Refugee Program to support more youth to realize their full potential."

About WUSC: World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a non-profit organization working in international development. Through a unique network of academic institutions, private sector partners and volunteers, WUSC provides opportunities for education, employment and empowerment to disadvantaged youth around the world. To find out more, visit www.wusc.ca.

 

SOURCE World University Service of Canada

For further information: Stephanie Needham, Senior Communications Officer, WUSC, sneedham@wusc.ca, 1-613-761-3714, 1-800-267-8699 x3714

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