Coordinated by UNHCR and the University of Geneva (InZone), the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) was founded in 2016. The CLCC aims to promote, coordinate and support the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through Connected Learning. Connected Learning is an innovative form of higher education that uses information technology to combine face-to-face and online learning. It enables students living in remote areas to connect with top universities and to exchange knowledge globally. Since 2010, over 6.500 refugee learners in 11 countries have participated in Connected Learning programmes.
The CLCC is constantly growing, connecting humanitarian and academic actors such as the Australian Catholic University, Jesuit Worldwide Learning, Kenyatta University, Kepler, Moi University, Southern New Hampshire University, York University, and the University of British Columbia.
Members are aligned to the Consortium’s shared framework – exhibiting a long-term commitment, and using existing resources and knowledge to further the network’s goals. This cooperation includes, for example, an annual summer school, bringing together young students from around the world in Geneva, Switzerland, to share their thoughts on higher education in emergencies.