20 June is a day to recognise the courage and perseverance of refugees worldwide. The United Nations’ World Refugee Day brings awareness to the plight of millions of people living in crisis, displaced from their homes, often by war and terror.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate the refugees who have found their homes in Australia and achieved success, despite the odds stacked against them.
Many refugees embrace the opportunities offered by the education systems in their adopted countries, achieving academic goals that are all the more impressive given the obstacles they have overcome.
Studying in a new country comes with great challenges, but as actor, author, artist and refugee Ahn Do says:
“There’s only two times in life, there’s now and there’s too late”.
VU is proud to give all students – many of whom came to Australia as refugees – the best chance at success. We achieve this through support services, course pathways, special admission programs and a proven commitment to cultural diversity.
To celebrate the contribution of refugees to our community, we offer you some of VU’s inspirational refugee success stories.