Development & Advocacy

Surviving on sheer volunteerism and determination, UTRS currently operates from Cape Town, where it is based. Currently UTRS offers the following services:

The UTRS focuses on promoting the rights and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers at tertiary education. The work of the UTRS involves:


  • Lobbying on behalf of refugee and asylum seeker students at tertiary education and those seeking to access tertiary education;


  • Building capacity and providing them with opportunities for empowerment so that they can become responsible and contributing citizens;


  • Identifying or creating funding opportunities from which the most needy and deserving refugee and asylum seeker tertiary students could benefit;


  • Raising awareness and educating the host communities about who refugees are, how people become refugees and whey there are refugees in South Africa.


  • The current focus of UTRS works is the student communities. Soon we hope to reach also the local communities where the refugees and asylum seeker students live;


  • Promoting integration and social cohesion within the student communities at tertiary institutions and within local communities generally;


  • Building ties with other civil society actors, NGOs but also tertiary institutions, foundations and the general public with a view to informing about the situation of refugees and asylum seekers at tertiary education