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Kiron

Kiron Open Higher Education

Kiron Open Higher Education (gGmbH) is a nonprofit that provides streamlined, unbureaucratic access to higher education for refugees through scalable digital technology and strategic partnerships with universities and online education providers.

Founded: 2015 by Vincent Zimmer, Markus Kressler

Kiron Open Higher Education
  • Program Area

    Education, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    Global, Europe, Middle East, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Turkey
  • Headquarters Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Product Platforms

    Web
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +

Kiron is a nonprofit providing access to higher education for refugees through scalable digital technology and strategic partnerships with universities and online education providers. At Kiron, we empower our students to make self-determined choices about their future and academic careers, enabling an identity shift from refugee to student. Kiron’s integrated program consists of tailor-made curricula, a digital collaborative platform and an extensive range of supportive services that enable refugees to begin their studies online while they work towards fulfilling formal requirements to apply to a partner university. Once students fulfill the requirements, Kiron assists them in applying to a partner university in order to continue studying offline towards an accredited bachelor’s degree.

Funders and Awards

Schöpflin Foundation ● Berlin Economy ● Federal Ministry for Education and Research ● Bertelsmann ● Google.org ● Goldman Sachs Gives Analyst Impact Fund 2017 ● Vision Award 2016 ● UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize 2016 ● Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award 2016 ● 2016 UBS Social Innovator for Europe, Middle East and Africa ● German Founders Award 2016