Enabling refugees' access to higher education

Education is the key to a successful future. To make it easier for refugees to access higher education in Germany, Volunteer Vision developed eStudy, an individual curriculum for the management consultancy Capgemini and the social start-up Kiron.
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Capgemini is one of the world's leading partners for companies in managing and transforming their business through the use of technology. The company aims to contribute positive change to the economy and society through its CSR activities.


Head office:

Paris, France


5.000 +

the challenge

How can refugees be prepared for university?
Capgemini works closely with the social start-up Kiron in the field of corporate social responsibility. Kiron has developed an online study program for refugees that provides digital access to higher education - even before all local requirements for university enrollment have been met. Participants in the program can later transfer to a partner university, receive digital credits and earn an accredited degree. To support Kiron students, Capgemini was looking for a suitable online mentoring provider.
The goal: Capgemini employees act as mentors for Kiron participants and offer preparation for their university studies. Further, a specially developed curriculum that would meet the needs of the refugees as well as those of Kiron and Capgemini was desired.

our solution

A curriculum that prepares for higher education - digitally
Our actions:
Conduct a needs assessment to gain an understanding of the program requirements (online surveys, focus groups and structured interviews)
API linking of the Volunteer Vision platform with the Kiron learning platform to enable an embedded learning experience for the participants 
Development of a dedicated curriculum for digital study preparation
Precise matching of mentor and mentee
Development of a customized, validated evaluation concept
What are my personal goals? What are my strengths? How do I complete a university application? Capgemini employees support refugees as mentors in their preparation for university. Volunteer Vision's eStudy program offers a protected space where mentor and mentee can exchange ideas. In the meantime, the cooperation between Volunteer Vision and Capgemini has been expanded to include the Swiss business division as well.

the impact

Online mentoring not only supports mentees - mentors also benefit: They develop their social skills and identify measurably stronger with their company.

feel that they have successfully supported a refugee and made a difference through mentoring.


were able to significantly increase their job satisfaction by participating in the program.


would like to participate
in the mentoring program again.

"In addition to environmental sustainability and diversity, Capgemini's CSR strategy also focuses on digital inclusion - and this is where Volunteer Vision's approach is ideal: Capgemini employees can use the mentoring platform to support refugees as they start their studies. The eStudy curriculum developed together with Kiron guarantees a high-quality approach. This way, we can sufficiently prepare mentees for entering the professional world.”
Matthias Wolf,
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Capgemini Germany

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