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Connected higher education

Connected higher education (CHE) refers to relevant, flexible, accredited and sustainable higher education programmes that link student interests to academic or vocational pathways through the use of technology, including low tech.

CHE includes higher education opportunities delivered:

This JWL programme is excellent and I am very grateful to all who have supported it, I cannot relocate to go to university, in Nairobi for instance, but this special opportunity allows me to study here in Kakuma, near my family.

– Mariam, 22, a refugee who enrolled in the Diploma of Liberal Studies offered by Jesuit Worldwide Learning in Kakuma.

CHE engages students in ways that allow them to link personal interests, peer relationships and opportunities. Connected learning methods have been particularly successful in low-resource and marginalized learning contexts.

Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium

The Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) coordinates CHE efforts. The consortium, led by UNHCR and founded in 2016, designs and implements connected learning programmes. It promotes, coordinates and supports the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning.

How CHE contributes to the 15by30 target

CHE offers enormous opportunities for refugees to access high quality university courses at scale. By bringing higher education directly into refugee-hosting communities, it improves access for hard-to-reach populations, and has the potential to reach even more refugee students. It also provides options for flexibility and pace of learning that help refugees overcome come of the barriers to education in the context of displacement.