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Varsity: ‘I refused to give in’: the Cambridge master’s student who helped Afghan students escape Kabul


Selene Biffi, a current student Masters in Social Innovation student at Cambridge Judge Business School, tells how she helped her former escape Afghanistan as the Taliban took over. “Distressed is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about those moments”, Selene says. “However, I refused to give in and watch things unfold from a distance, and instead leveraged the feelings I had to look for options to help.”

Neil Stott, co-Director of the Masters of Studies in Social Innovation programme, commented: “The MSt in Social Innovation programme is designed to bring students from a wide range of backgrounds to address the greatest challenges facing the globe — and universal access to education is clearly one of those vital challenges.”

“We are always proud, when students like Selene step up and take action, big or small, to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.”

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