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The Catholic University in Erbil is a member of the RME Network.

Strategic Plan of the RME Network

10 June 2019

1. Strategic Positioning


 RME Network has been founded with the following vision in mind:

  • to be a leading network in the field of education for refugees and migrants, as well as education on human mobility;
  • to promote research on human mobility which brings together practitioners and academics, not-for-profit organizations and universities;
  • to serve as a global and interdisciplinary platform of dynamic cooperation between its members;
  • to foster and promote an ongoing debate on the corporate social responsibility of colleges and universities, as well as that of their staff and students, especially regarding today’s migrants and refugees.

The primarily mission of RME Network is to foster and expand education of refugees and migrants, as well as on human mobility. It seeks to:


●   Connect

We actively encourage collaboration between universities and

not-for-profit organizations for the benefit of refugees and migrants;

●   Educate

We foster and facilitate educational programs and initiatives for refugees and migrants, as well as on the subject of human mobility;

●   Research

We promote practical research between universities, using inputs from not-for-profit organizations, into refugee and migrant issues.

Core Values

●   Collaboration

Our inclusive network is based on shared values, common goals, and Together, we thrive on diversity, and aim to leverage our impact in making an invaluable difference for refugees and migrants.

●   Responsibility

We feel responsible towards our society, future generations, and the We share our commitment to the common good, respect human rights and pursue equal opportunities through education for everyone.

●   Integrity

We are committed to the highest standards of honest, credible, and transparent behaviour. We lead by example and hold fast to our reputation and values, and we will always act in the best interests of refugees and migrants. We believe that this way of proceeding is an enabler for trust and, in turn, the foundation for motivation and collaboration in its true

●   Creativity

Given the vast scale and complexity of the problems in the field of human mobility, we strive to find innovative and eventually scalable solutions, both in the field of higher education and in the shaping of the RME Network and its practices of collaboration.

2. Goals and Objectives: 2019-2021



  1. To develop comprehensive, on-going, and vibrant communication between our members in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation within the network;
  2. to develop a dynamic and active social media presence beyond our members, in order to identify and further opportunities for education, both for and about refugees and migrants;
  3. to vigorously recruit new members, partners and collaborators who are committed to actively participate in the network and promote its



  1. to foster a sense of identity and ownership among our members, partners and collaborators as active participants of our network;
  2. to develop an organizational structure that facilitates cooperation and collaboration among the members on refugee and migrant education, and research.


Objectives (short- and medium-term)


  1. Engage a part-time Director of Communications;
  2. Update and start implementing the communications strategy and plan (e.g. publishing a quarterly newsletter, increasing social media presence and engagement);
  3. Engage in relationship management for members/ partners/ collaborators;
  4. Gain 10 new members in the short-term;
  5. Form working groups, g.
    • Education of refugees;
    • Education about refugees;
    • Research;
    • Social Responsibility;
    • Student Engagement;
    • Regional collaboration.


  1.  Support the expansion of educational opportunities for refugees and migrants by fostering collaboration among the members;
  2. Support the increase of education about refugees and migrants at all levels of education by sharing best practices;
  3. Assist our members in promoting social responsibility in their


Communities and Networks;

  1. Provide professional development, training opportunities and educational programs for members on specific human mobility
  2. Encourage and facilitate an increase in the number of internships for students who are interested in the field of refugee and migrant education.


Objectives (short- and medium-term)


  1. Support and finance at least one education project for refugees and/or migrants (in 2020);
  2. Start collecting, producing and providing online educational materials and audiovisual learning objects that could be used in member colleges and universities to promote education on human mobility for their students (in 2020);
  3. Create a flexible and intuitive online platform for the sharing of materials between members, partners and collaborators (in 2021).


  1. Identify areas of research and foster research initiatives through a central working group, actively engaged in launching issue-oriented research teams according to the needs of the RME Network and its members and partners;
  2. Seek input from members (particularly practitioners) and relief agencies for further possible research topics as well as their appraisal, and suggestions regarding ongoing research projects;
  3. Facilitate and help launch several collaborative research projects annually between the members;
  4. Publish a periodic report (i.e. every other year) which overviews the global state of education of refugees, and the impact of the RME Network in this wider


Objectives (short- and medium-term) 

  1. Establish a central research working group;
  2. Establish a mechanism of communication between members/partners/collaborators in the academia, and those in the field, to coordinate research needs and interests;
  3. Create a team to start working on the periodic

To be able to achieve these goals and objectives, and to enable and support the work of the RME Network, we will need to:

a. Raise funds (see 5. / Funding Sources). As a first step, we will be preparing and submitting grant proposals to potential funding sources;
b. Develop an organizational structure (see 3. / Organizational Structure) that facilitates cooperation and collaboration among our members on refugee and migrant education.

3. Organizational Structure

The RME Network primarily consists of universities, NGOs and not-for-profit organizations which are engaged in and committed to facilitating and expanding education for refugees and migrants, education on human mobility, as well as research.
Members of the RME Network seek to collaborate with each other in achieving these goals faster and more extensively.


There are three levels of involvement possible within the RME Network. In all cases, there is an application and vetting process prior to approval by the Board of Overseers. 

1. Members

Members form the inner circle of the RME Network. Universities, NGOs and not-for-profit organizations which are engaged in education of and about refugees and migrants, or who accompany people on the move, can become members if they share the mission, vision and values of the network. The RME Network is a place where members can seek advice and resources from other members in order to manage and further develop their projects.

Each member will designate a contact person to communicate with and promote the RME Network. Members have the right to vote on strategic decisions, through their institutional heads or designated contact persons.

Members are also committed to inform the RME Network about ongoing or planned projects in the field of refugee and migrant education or research, in which other members can participate or to which they may contribute.


2.  Institutional Partners

Corporations and organizations which are already collaborating with the RME Network and/or its members, or intend to collaborate in the near future, may join the network as institutional Partners.

 The Board of Overseers of the RME Network may grant full membership to corporations and organizations, if (a) they have refugee and/or migrant education as a visible priority, or (b) after they complete a project with one of our members or with the RME Network as a whole.

3. Individual Collaborators

Individuals who wish to participate in or contribute to the projects run by the RME Network, or who have volunteered in institutions or organizations dedicated to education or services to migrants and/or

refugees, may join the RME Network as Collaborators


Currently, the Organizing Team is managing the affairs of the RME Network, and Being the Blessing Foundation acts as its fiscal agent, at no cost.

There are currently four members which form the Organizing Team. With the approval of the strategic plan, the Organizing Team will be expanded to six members and be called Board of Overseers.

The Board of Overseers will consist of a President and five members. Their task is to manage the affairs of the RME Network, as well as activities that are being organized and executed network-wide.

4. Projects

In the short- to medium-term, we plan to set up seven working groups from which potential projects might arise:

  1. Education of refugees and migrants (in camps and host countries);
  2. Education about human mobility;
  3. Recognition of qualifications of refugees and migrants;
  4. Research;
  5. Social Responsibility;
  6. Student engagement;
  7. Regional collaboration.


Members can join one or more of these groups.


The following are some projects by members of the RME Network which are open for collaboration.

This list is not exhaustive; members are invited to regularly add further projects to a shared and updated list (published also on the RME Network website).


●   Katholische Universität Eichstätt / Julia Devlin

  • Collaboration with a university that also offers a Masters degree in Migration;
  • Africa-specific connections, g. with Uganda, to work on teacher education;
  • Educational program for children soldiers (psychology; not an ongoing project).


●   Jesuit Refugee Service / David Holdcroft

  • Psychology project;
  • Ongoing research with regard to minorities, women, disabled etc. Focus on China and Malawi;
  • Digital inclusion projects;
  • Entrepreneur collectives;
  • Vocational training in Amman.


●   Jesuit Worldwide Learning / Peter Baleis

  • Learning Facilitator Course in various countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Malawi, ) in collaboration with the University of Eichstätt. Pilot with 40 students. State-recognized Bachelor degree;
  • Projects like e.g. e-Learning and impact projects in Communities; JWL collaborates with the University of Iraq.

e-Learning is not yet recognized in Iraq and Afghanistan. JWL wants to gradually build the pathway for this


The following are some of the projects we envision in the short- and medium-term: 

  • Webinars
  • RME Network Award for scholars, researchers and activists (annually)
  • Report (on education, human mobility, projects and impact) (yearly);
  • International Conference (every 1-2 years);
  • Regional Seminars (in cooperation with the members).

5. Funding Sources

As regards the funding of the RME Network in the short- and medium-term, we will consider a number of funding options, such as:


  1. Increasing unrestricted funding which allows the core of the RME Network to grow in line with planned and directionary needs;
  2. Encouraging large trusts and foundations to fund specific projects or events (e.g. report, campaigns, conferences, Award) (one-off donations);
  3. Securing multi-year donations to allow for easier cash flow predictions;
  4. Collaborating with high-level supporters (e.g. members, but also external supporters) with the goal to fundraise with and for us;
  5. Introducing a membership fee to help covering core costs;
  6. Setting up RME Network-owned funding sources (e.g. events, online fundraising, campaigns, corporate sponsorship, community fundraising, statutory fundraising, social impact investment).