Limkokwing-UNHCR Partnership Opens Doors to Knowledge, and a Future, for Refugee Youths

Cyberjaya, 9 December 2014 – Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today strengthened their joint commitment to provide youths with skill development programmes aimed at getting them job-ready.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Limkokwing University, Cyberjaya campus, which provides 100 qualified refugee youths in Malaysia, the opportunity to study customized skill training courses at the University.

This initiative funded by Limkokwing University includes waiver of tuition fees for the youths to study a wide variety of modular training available at the University.

“Our primary objective is to help deserving young refugees pursue professional qualifications geared towards future employment and giving them hope for a brighter future,” said Richard Towle, UNHCR Representative in Malaysia.

“UNHCR is deeply grateful to Limkokwing University for its commitment in giving youths an opportunity to realise their potential, and lift themselves and their families from poverty and disadvantage."

There are over 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia having fled armed conflict and human rights abuses in their own countries. Over 30,000 of them are children below the age of 18 who do not have access to formal education. The absence of professional skills, formal education, and qualifications will be a handicap for them as they face the future.

“These youths that we have offered to train will, hopefully, form the basis of a spin-off development that will cascade down to improve the education of other refugee children and youths who don’t have the qualifications to get into high schools,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing, President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

“We also see in them the means to change their fate by providing an education that will build their talent, their skills and their knowledge with which they can rebuild their lives.”

Through the collaboration, Limkokwing University and the UNHCR are keen to cultivate, develop and provide the best in education and industry capacity for the refugee youths in need. The first batch of refugee trainees will be enrolled into the programme commencing early 2015.

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