Support for Afghan Students
Bard College is working to find safe havens for displaced Afghan students and graduates. The College has offered to immediately take in as many as 100 students in Annandale, as well as threatened scholars. The American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, a Bard partner, is offering scholarships through the Open Society University Network (OSUN) to up to 120 graduates in addition to its 120 Afghan undergraduates, and a home to another 100 or more students from the American University of Afghanistan. Several other OSUN partners have stepped forward and offered to take students and faculty through OSUN’s Threatened Scholars program.
Our long-term partnerships are characterized by the exchange of students, faculty, and curricular elements. Comprehensive exchanges afford the best possibility for the participants, both in and out of the classroom, to enter into direct, sustained dialogue on intellectual and cultural issues–precisely the kind of international dialogue that is needed to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century. Unlike the unilateral “exchanges” of the past, such substantive academic partnerships foster mutual respect and understanding and enrich learning and teaching for all students and faculty at Bard and participating institutions, not just those individuals who go abroad themselves. The Institute does not seek to export American models and methods. Rather, our aim is to create dynamic relationships through which we and our partner institutions learn from each others’ ideas and experience.