The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) short courses provide specialized education in particular topics within the field of refugees and migration. Each course is an intensive five-day course tailored to practitioners in the field as well as students and researchers. Participants include staff members of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, Caritas, churches, human rights lawyers and NGOs. The participants do not only come from Egypt and the surrounding regions, but also from Europe, the United States and Asia.
Recently our courses have attracted AUC students, both graduates and undergraduates, from fields such as political science, anthropology, sociology and human rights. Some of them decided to pursue the migration and refugee graduate degree as a result of their positive experiences with the CMRS short courses. Refugees in Cairo also attend our courses and add their unique perspectives. Their participation is facilitated by a tuition waiver provided by CMRS.
Some of our short courses are provided annually, while other courses are repeated according to demand. Two of our regular courses that are repeated each year are ‘International Refugee Law’ and ‘Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Refugees’ . Most of our courses are delivered through a combination of lectures and interactive small group exercises where participants learn how to relate theory to practice. CMRS has offered over 35 short courses since its establishment in 2000.