The initiative aims to provide refugees with educational qualifications and support to pursue an academic degree.
Together with UNIKO (Austrian University Conference), Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher initiated the MORE program at the JKU Linz during Winter Semester 2015/2016 to give those with a refugee background an opportunity to have an academic future. As Dean at the time, Prof. Bacher actively led the MORE team and managed the MORE program. Under the management of Sonja Falkner-Matzinger, BA MSc., the International Welcome Center and Ombuds Office for Students has been managing the MORE initiative since September 2020 on behalf of the JKU Linz and anchoring the program at the JKU Linz.
When the MORE initiative began, the program focused more on helping refugees learn German. Over time, however, the program has expanded to give those who have a refugee background an opportunity to earn the required educational qualifications needed in order to enroll at the JKU Linz and pursue an academic degree. Those who have a refugee background may actively take part in the MORE initiative regardless of whether or not he/she is seeking asylum or if the procedure is already complete.
Requirements to take part in the MORE Initiative include:
The program consists of two pillars:
MORE Advisory Board
Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher
Assist. Prof. Almina Bešić
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Nicole Kronberger
MORE Administrative Assistant
Listen in as Shabnam and Angelika, two participants in the MORE initiative, talk about their experiences in the program.