Tuesday 17 July 2018 9:37pmThe stories of migrant and refugee women students are being highlighted by the University of Otago’s Centre for Global Migrations.
The Centre is hosting Otago alumna Dr Tiffany Cone, of the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh, as its 2018 visiting lecturer.
The university is home to around 700 young women from 15 countries throughout Asia including Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and China.
Many of them are from impoverished families and war-torn countries.
Dr Cone, who is working with Dr Vivienne Anderson of Otago’s Higher Education Development Centre to learn more about their experiences and those of other migrant and refugee women living in New Zealand, says awareness of what they have been through is vital.
"Here in New Zealand, and globally, we can only better respond to the needs of young migrant and refugee women if we meaningfully engage with their narratives."
“Here in New Zealand, and globally, we can only better respond to the needs of young migrant and refugee women if we meaningfully engage with their narratives,” she says.
Dr Anderson is thrilled Dr Cone is in Dunedin as her visit “provides a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from the work of the Asian University for Women”.
“We expect our collaborative research to further inform teaching and learning at both our universities,” she says.
Professor Angela McCarthy, Director of the Centre for Global Migrations, notes that Dunedin’s history of migration and resettlement of refugees, together with its strong educational heritage, makes it the perfect place to examine these issues.
“We are delighted that Dr Cone is here to work with Dr Anderson to comparatively examine women students’ experiences in higher education and we eagerly await the findings of their study.”
During her time in Dunedin, Dr Cone will give a public lecture on the experiences of the research. The free public talk will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday 2 August 2018 in the Dunedin Public Library’s Dunningham Suite.