During the 1960s and 1970s hundreds of thousands of Kurds arrived in Europe as labourers and in the eighties and nineties, political and economic refugees began to arrive. Currently, vibrant Kurdish communities exists in many of the European countries and thousands of Kurdish students study in higher education institutions across Europe. In the UK, a vibrant Kurdish community has come into being since the 1980s, and many Kurdish individuals have established themselves in the world of business, law, medicine, academia and local politics.
Thousands of Kurds graduate from higher education institutions with qualifications in various fields of science, social science and humanities, contribute to the social and economic life of the countries they live in. There is a growing potential within the Kurdish community in the UK and Kurd Akad UK aims to bring these individuals together in activities and efforts that contribute to the social, economic, cultural and political developments within the Kurdish community as well as in the larger society in which they live in.
The Kurdish academics and professionals can contribute to Kurdish community’s progress and its ability to address the multifarious social challenges it faces. Kurd-Akad UK aims to bring the qualities and skills of Kurdish academics and professionals together and harness it in the service of Kurdish community’s development and progress in the diaspora and in Kurdistan.