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Opportunities for Refugees

The University of Bayreuth is committed to helping to make refugees in the region feel at home in their new surroundings. “As an international, cosmopolitan educational institution, we want to create tailored opportunities that are helpful in fostering the integration of our new residents”, said Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth. “We are helping people to help themselves, hosting language courses, and preparing refugees who have a qualification for entry into higher education for the possibility of studying in Bayreuth.”

We also support the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative for Scholars at Risk.


"PROFI in MINT": Additional qualification for refugees who hold an academic degree

Some refugees have both an academic degree and previous professional experience. In principle, they are highly qualified for the German labour market, and Germany is currently looking for skilled workers, especially in the fields of mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, and technology (MINT). Despite this, refugee who hold a degree rarely find employment matching their training on the German labour market.

The DAAD-funded project "PROFI in MINT" at the University of Bayreuth, which includes the certificate course "Technology and Management", is a response to this situation. This certificate course is aimed at degree-holding refugees.

The certificate course lasts one semester. The course is free of charge for refugees.

Course content:

  • Fundamentals of engineering
  • Fundamentals of economics
  • Two specialist language courses
  • Career service support

By obtaining a certificate from a German university, refugees are given better opportunities on the German labour market and can use their potential and qualifications there in a targeted manner.
Further information on the project can be found on the homepage www.profi.uni-bayreuth.de.

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