MIT to spur global education hub for displaced populations and refugees
The Refugee ACTion Hub (ReACT) will create tailored learning experiences and spark collaboration.
MIT is poised to become a global educational hub for displaced populations and refugees. With the launch of the Refugee ACTion Hub (ReACT), which was announced at the SOLVE at MIT annual flagship event, the Institute will develop digital and blended learning opportunities and serve as a catalyst for anyone dedicated to solving the problem of refugee education.
MIT ReACT stems from the vision and personal journey of its faculty founder, Admir Masic. “During the war in Yugoslavia my family lost everything, and I became a teenage refugee. I had access to a great deal of humanitarian support, such as food, clothes and shelter, but what changed my life was access to education,” he says.
It was “pure luck” that put Masic on the path to eventually becoming a faculty member at MIT, he adds. Now the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Masic has long dreamed about how to “bring this luck to everyone.”