The University of Northern BC and its student society are partnering to help Syrian students fleeing the conflict in their country.
UNBC and the Northern Undergraduate Student Society have announced they will offer full sponsorship to five refugees.
The initiative will be run through the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program which sponsors one new refugee each year. UNBC students help pay for the program through a small fee to the student society.
The University is also bringing $180,000 to the table to sponsor four Syrian refugee students through the program.
UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks says the university is a northern institution with a global perspective.
Weeks says it’s important to respond to situations like the refugee crisis that both reflect the region the UNBC serves as well as provide education and opportunity for those who need it.
More than 1,500 refugees have resettled in Canada, completed their students and become Canadian Citizens since the Student Refugee Program began in 1978, including seven at UNBC.