Catalyst Projects in the Media


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Can Educating Women in the Liberal Arts Lift Asia's Communities Out of Poverty?

9/3/2019: The Asian University for Women (AUW) offers nearly 800 full scholarships for female university students from over 20 countries. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights AUW’s liberal arts emphasis, an unconventional academic philosophy in the region.


World Learning: For Children in a Syrian Refugee Camp, Coding Is More Than Just a Skill

7/22/2019: World Learning highlights their partnership with Kano Coding, Kurdistan Save the Children, and the Catalyst Foundation that is teaching children in the Arbat refugee camp English and coding.


Vice News: Striking Photos by Teenagers Living in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

6/6/2019: Syrian teens in Za’atari Camp share images they captured during Lens on Life’s #OperationZaatari photography workshop.


InfoMigrants: UoPeople in Arabic, University by Refugees for Refugees

4/11/2019: University of the People announces the development of a free online, American-accredited degree in Arabic for refugees, the first of its kind.


National Geographic: Soccer offers kids an outlet in this refugee camp

4/7/2019: Austin Meyer’s documentary of the Kickstart Joy soccer camp features in National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase. This documentary highlights two refugee children and the role soccer plays in their lives today.


Relief Web: Local Solutions for Global Challenges: Higher Education in Emergencies

11/13/2018: Relief Web, the UNOCHA’s online humanitarian information source, reflects on how Catalyst grantee IIE PEER promotes access to opportunity, advance scholarship, and build economies for displaced students and scholars around the world.


Trouw: Hello Cello Orchestra: everyone understands the language of music

10/21/2018: (Dutch) The national Dutch Newspaper Trouw covers Sounds of Palestine’s youth orchestra, who were recently invited to perform in the 2018 Cello Biennale in the Netherlands.


NYU SteinHardt Blog: Making Research ‘EQUAL’ to Address the Global Learning Crisis

10/17/2018: The NYU Steinhardt blog covers the EQUAL (Education Quality and Learning for All) Network for Sustainable Development. The Catalyst Foundation funds the EQUAL Network in its mission to identify and develop research networks, provide seed grants and increase research-practice partnerships in the MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa. 


NHK World-Japan: Global Citizens Initiative 2018 Summit

8/27/2018: A report on Catalyst grantee Global Citizens Initiative and their 2018 Summit was broadcast several times globally on NHK World-Japan, the international broadcasting service of NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization.


International School Leader: Collective Spirit: Educating Refugees: A Global Crisis

8/1/2018: Sky School co-founders and co-executive directors Polly Akhurst and Mia Eskelund Pedersen write for International School Leader Magazine about the development of Sky School, a global high school for refugees.


The Pie News: IIE’s information platform for refugees PEER expands to 10 countries

6/28/2018: The PIE, an online new source focused on international education, announces the expansion of PEER, the IIE’s platform listing information on scholarship and education opportunities for displaced students.


MLS Players Association: Players Promise: Kickstart Joy with Mehdi Ballouchy

4/24/2018: In this article, the Major League Soccer Players Association highlights Mehdi Ballouchy and the Catalyst Foundation’s Kickstart Joy soccer program in the Za’atari refugee camp.


News Deeply: Why Every University Should Take in Refugee Students and Scholars

4/10/2018: The Institute of International Education’s Allan Goodman and Katherine Miller speak with Refugees Deeply about their work to help more refugee students access higher education and to protect refugee scholars with the IIE PEER platform, funded by the Catalyst Foundation.


International School: Blue Sky Thinking Redesigns Refugee Education

3/21/2018: International School magazine for educators features Sky School as a “case study in social entrepreneurship,” focusing particularly on Sky School’s unique “Hackathon” method of curriculum-building.


Al-Fanar Media: Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Teachers

3/19/2018: Yara Hilal, a grantee from the EQUAL Network, describes her work designing professional-development plans to help teachers and school administrations create a critical thinking-based learning environment.


The Good Project: Global Citizens Initiative Brings 28 Fellows to Fifth Summer Youth Summit

2/20/2018: The Good Project, an online news source part of Harvard University, interviews three Global Citizens Initiative Fellows attending the 2018 GCI Summit about their learning goals, their ideas of global citizenship, and their service projects.


Noviny: C.S. Lewis High School Students Edubox TUtoring Project

2/12/2018: Slovakian television news channel Noviny covers the EDUbox tutoring program, a project spearheaded by student volunteers from C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School and funded by the Catalyst Foundation. The EDUbox program provides free after-school tutoring for young children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.


Howler: Finding a common bond of soccer and celebrations in the Zaatari refugee camp

10/21/2017: Soccer magazine the Howler interviews MLS players Mehdi Ballouchy and Steven Lenhart about their first 3-day Kickstart Joy soccer clinic in the Za’atari refugee camp.


NBC News: “My Heart is All Mexican”: Syrian Students Find Land of Opportunity in Mexico

8/27/2017: NBC News profiles Two Syrian university students who have received full scholarships to pursue education in Mexico through the Habesha Project.


The Chronicle of Higher Education: Online Effort Seeks to Connect Refugee Students With Scholarships

9/28/2016: The Chronicle of Higher Education announces the launch of PEER, a new global clearinghouse established by the IIE and the Catalyst Foundation to identify scholarships and opportunities and connect refugee students with resources they can use anywhere in the world.