Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Nurturing future changemakers through higher education

 Syrian refugee Esraa Ahmad enrolled in Amman Arab University in the computer engineering program and graduated in mid-2019 after three years of studies facilitate by UNHCR’s DAFI Scholarship program. © UNHCR/Lily Carlisle

In April 2021, Hikma Pharmaceuticals partnered with UK for UNHCR to fund 40 higher education scholarships for refugees in Jordan, Egypt and Algeria over four years.

“We are proud to support the UNHCR’s scholarship programme and our partnership serves as one more way Hikma is helping to shape a healthier world that enriches all of our communities.”

Hana Ramadan, Global VP of CSR

UNHCR’s higher education scholarship programme, called DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative), has been running since 1992 and in that time supported 18,000 talented young refugees. However, in recent years it has become clear that the demand from ambitious refugees outstrips available scholarships.

By supporting DAFI, Hikma Pharmaceuticals will enable UNHCR to provide extra scholarships and support progress towards the 15by30 target – increasing enrolment in higher education from 3% to 15% by 2030.

We will also be working together to create work placement opportunities for DAFI graduates in the three focus countries, a crucial steppingstone towards self-reliance and empowerment.

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For more information about partnering with UNHCR to help refugees, please contact partnerships@unrefugees.org.uk

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