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University of Aberdeen launches refugee education scholarship

Police officers look at migrants sitting on the windows of a train at the railway station, near the Slovenian-Croatian border in Dobova, Brezice, on September 17, 2015. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The migrant crisis has been deepening

A scholarship scheme for students with refugee status has been launched by the University of Aberdeen.

The Shining Lights scheme aims to initially fund four awards for refugee students.

Prof Sir Ian Diamond, the university principal and vice-chancellor said: "Our community has been shocked and saddened by the plight of those fleeing violence and repression.

"This university has always opened its doors to the world."

He added: "The Shining Lights Scholarships we are providing will cover tuition fees, year round accommodation, and support for living costs."

Businesses and the public can donate to the scholarship scheme.

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