Best Practice from Germany: Kiron Open Higher Education

Published by Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach on

Students at Kiron Global Weekend-Copyright KIRON

Since 2015 Kiron University offers free online learning opportunities to refugees and underserved communities. It all started with a Crowdfunding campaign on German platform startnext and within a few weeks, the team raised more than 500 000 Euros.

Now Kiron has offices in Germany, Lebanon and Jordan and runs custom-made online study programs using massive open online courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER’s) for more than 11000 students.
Additionally, they provide short programs to prepare learners for the jobs market and develop quality assurance principles in alignment with international standards.
In all its activities, Kiron follows one goal: providing free access to high-quality education for academic professional and personal growth.“

Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach

I am an independent digital media consultant, focussing on Crowdfunding for the creative industries in Austria and Germany. I consulted more than 100 projects, wrote numerous articles on the topic and I am active as a speaker and workshop host. I am running consulting and information portal and publish a monthly Crowdfunding newsletter. Together with my colleague Karsten Wenzlaff from the Berlin based Institut für Kommunikation in Sozialen Medien (ikosom) I published “The (almost) complete guidebook to Crowdfunding for SME’s” as part of the project CrowdFundPort. During his media studies at Vienna University I worked as a film critic and journalist. I am a passionate web user and always on the hunt for the latest trends in Social Media and Digital Communication. I am also working for the CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria as project manager. Additionally I am supporting a few start-ups and SME's in terms of press relations.