Prem Kumar Rajaram

Academic Director, CEU's Roma Graduate Preparation Program
for providing free online education to refugees

About Prem Kumar Rajaram

Prem Kumar Rajaram is Academic Director of CEU's Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. In his research, Prem Kumar Rajaram is particularly interested in questions of marginality and depoliticization. His research has focused on the government of asylum-seekers, particularly those in detention in Europe and Australia, and on colonial histories of state making. He is particularly interested in the limits of politics, looking at individuals and groups excluded from political participation and seeing what their exclusion says about the nature of the political.

Mr Rajaram co-created CEU OLIve - The Open Learning Initative, free online courses for refugees in Hungary. It offers intensive, full-time, fully-funded course of study for students with refugee status with the goal of preparing students for higher education study. It aims to prepare students to make competitive applications to BA and MA programs at European universities. OLIve-UP is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. The OLIve-UP program focuses on academic tutoring, academic English learning, developing academic skills, and advocacy and human rights training.