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Access to Higher Education

Refugees' Stories from Malaysia, 1st Edition

By Lucy Bailey, Gül İnanç


180 pages

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pub: 2018-09-13
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Until 2015, no refugees in Malaysia were able to access higher education, and they were unable to attend government schooling. Since then, six private higher education institutions have agreed to open their doors to refugees for the first time.

This book contains stories from this small group of successful refugees, who have managed to receive higher education in a country that neither recognizes that they exist nor offers them even basic education. It identifies the factors that aided their success, and charts the challenges that they and their communities have faced. The authors present each story, based on interviews, within the context of the individual’s background and nation of origin. These stories are framed by a discussion of the situation that refugees face in accessing education globally, explaining how these stories and the methodologies used for this study are universal.

Table of Contents




Part 1 – Introduction (Gül Inanc)

Part 2 – Refugees’ Stories (Lucy Bailey)

  1. Zaid – Rakhine State
  2. Peter – Chin State
  3. Maran – Kachin State
  4. Andrew – Chin State
  5. Nyan Hongsa – Mon State
  6. Matthew – Chin State
  7. Omran - Syria
  8. Bethany - Pakistan
  9. Amaal - Somalia
  10. Nurain – Sri Lanka
  11. Jamilah - Somalia
  12. Omar - Iraq
  13. Dalir - Iran

Part 3 – Analysis and Conclusion (Lucy Bailey)

Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix III


About the Authors

Lucy Bailey is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Gül Inanç is a lecturer at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore OUR - Opening Universities for Refugees.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World

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Prof. Dr. Ji Weidong– Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Prof. Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal – University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Dr. Jing Men – College of Europe

Prof. Dr. Yaqing Qin– China Foreign Affairs University

Prof. Dr. Javaid Rehman – Brunel University

Prof. Dr. Gurharpal Singh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Prof. Dr. R. Sudarshan – Jindal Global University

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Prof. Dr. Lanxin Xiang – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Prof. Dr. Simon Young – Hong Kong University 

Professor Danny Quah - National University of Singapore


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