Partner with us as an academic institution

Tailored academic partnership solutions

An academic partnership with Kiron Open Higher Education provides efficient solutions to the various challenges universities face in trying to create sustainable educational prospects for refugees. These include, among many other things, limited college capacity, language barriers and missing legal documents. Together with Kiron, universities can create sustainable opportunities for refugees with academic potential.

Kiron offers academic institutions a number of ways to become partners. The type of collaboration varies based on the location of the institution in question, i.e. whether or not the institution is located in a focus country (in Germany and Jordan). Focus countries are those which Kiron has identified as being “in need” and where it is working to create strong partnerships with academic institutions to facilitate the transfer of students to partner universities.

Why collaborate with Kiron?

Partner universities choose to collaborate with Kiron for four main reasons:

  • Benefiting from high-quality standards. Through partnerships with Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers, Kiron combines high-quality online courses into a coherent curriculum, whose modules match those of the respective partner university. During the matching process, particular attention is given to learning outcomes to assure that the selected courses not only match in terms of quality, but also in terms of content and outcome. Through this process, Kiron ensures standards that meet the recommendations of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and Accreditation Council in Germany, as well as of the EHEA Tools (EQF, ESG 2015, ECTS User’s Guide) and Lisbon Recognition Convention. Kiron’s quality assurance team is also responsible for ensuring that the selected courses meet the demanding criteria of our partner universities.
  • Achieving predictability regarding spots available for refugees and drop-out rates. Accurately predicting the number of spots available for refugees and their overall academic success is quite challenging for universities. Since Kiron students have already proved their capacity to study, they are more likely also to be successful in their studies at partner universities. Depending on each partner university’s admission policy, Kiron students who transfer to universities do not compete with regular first-year students for admission, but merely fill spots that open up when other students drop out.
  • Gaining a strong partner in empirical research and the digitalization of higher education. As an institution that is contributing significantly to reshaping integration processes in Germany and internationally, Kiron is contributing to research on, among many other things, the digitalization of higher education, MOOCs, recognition of learning outcomes and intercultural learning.
  • Enhancing institutions’ diversity and internationalization strategy. Students from Kiron have very diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. By successfully completing the online study phase according to the partner universities’ requirements, Kiron students prove themselves to be motivated and competent enough to successfully obtain a full university degree. As a result, cooperation between Kiron and partner universities is likely not only to improve the diversity of the universities’ student bodies, but also to produce particularly high-performing graduates from the group of refugees. At Kiron, we believe that everybody has the right to realize their potential and improve their life prospects through education. We know that it is possible to overcome the obstacles refugees face in accessing education.

How can you collaborate with us?

Kiron offers academic institutions various ways to become partners.

Partnerships with Kiron focus on the following three points:

  1. Development and recognition of a study program
  2. Curriculum development (encompasses Direct Academics program and MOOC development)
  3. Additional ways to collaborate, with a focus on research and providing access to libraries.

Sanja Sontor
Head of International Academic Partnerships


Ronny Röwert
Head of German Academic Partnerships