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UNHCR and BUITEMS Launched a Centre for Refugees and Migration Studies in Quetta

Quetta: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed a partnership agreement
with Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and
Management Sciences (BUITEMS) on Wednesday. The collaboration is
aimed at establishing a Centre for Refugees and Migration Studies (CRMS)
as well as provision of training for refugee teachers and opportunities for
entrepreneurship/business studies for refugee students in the university.
On the occasion, a plaque marking the establishment of the Centre was
unveiled jointly by UNHCR Country Representative, Indrika Ratwatte, Chief
Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Dr. Imran Zeb and BUITEMS Vice
Chancellor, Engr. Ahmed Farooq Bazai.
Under the partnership agreement, UNHCR will support the university to
establish a CRMS in its premises and BUITEMS would provide admission to
the refugee students and trainings for the refugee teachers. Delivering an
inaugural lecture titled “Management of Refugees and Migrants for Lasting
Regional Peace”, Indrika Ratwatte praised the commitment of BUITEMS for
providing opportunities for refugees terming it as an important step towards
empowering youth and achieving broader goals for peace and prosperity in
the region.
“Forced displacement is one of the biggest human crises the world is facing
now. Pakistan has been generously hosting refugees for decades. It is
therefore essential that all stakeholders come together to facilitate durable
and lasting solutions for them.” Ratwatte maintained.
Vice Chancellor BUTIMS, Ahmed Farooq Bazai stressed the need for quality
education, research and academic exercises on socio-economic issues in the
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region including the challenges pertaining to refugees and migrants. The Vice
Chancellor stated that BUITEMS is producing global citizens capable of
finding tailored solutions to some of the compelling regional and global
challenges. He assured that BUITEMS is fully prepared and upfront to
support the national and international community in their endeavours.
The CRMS once operational will serve as a repository of information on
issues related to refugees and migration, and analyse and disseminate those
information to the wider audience. This will be achieved through regular
publications of research works, talk programmes and organising periodic
events like seminars/workshops which are expected to inform all
stakeholders on issues surrounding refugees and migrants. It is expected that
the outcomes of this collaboration between UNHCR and BUITEMS would
assist policy and decision makers with concrete recommendations for
addressing the actions needed towards management of refugees and
migrants in the region. UNHCR will also facilitate BUITEMS in its efforts to
strengthen the centre’s capacity by networking with other similar research
centres and education institutions globally.
Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Dr. Imran Zeb thanked UNHCR
and BUITEMS for entering into this important collaboration which should help
further nurture the existing harmonious relationship and understanding
between refugee and host communities and enable sustainable solutions for
refugees who have endured displacement for almost four decades. “Every
refugee deserves a bright and safe future and providing such admirable
opportunities would not only make refugees students and teachers productive
in their homeland but valuable for securing peace in the region. This is
actually a contribution to lead towards prosperous world for everyone”, he
said.
The event was also attended by UNHCR Deputy Representative, Johann
Siffointe; Head of UNHCR sub-office Quetta Dinesh Shrestha; Commissioner
Afghan Refugees Quetta, Brig (R) Masood Ahmad; Afghan Consul General,
Mr. Wajeedullah Momand; BUITEMS’s faculty members and students, and
representatives of UN agencies and civil society.
Media contact: Humera Kareem in Quetta +92 333 1511602 – email: karimh@unhcr.org.

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