• Upcoming 26/09/17 27/09/17
  • Beirut, Lebanon

  • higher_education

What?

This event will be co-organised by the European Commission and the HOPES project (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians)  funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic.

Why?

The conflict in Syria is now is in its sixth year with no lasting solution in sight. One of the spheres that is heavily affected and challenged is the education system. While a lot has been done to secure primary and partly also secondary education, enrolment in higher education is still insufficient. Only 1 to 5 per cent of the refugees from the relevant age group have found a study place at a university or community college, the enrolment figure stood at 26 per cent in Syria before the war. The reasons for this situation are manifold: they include missing or invalid documentation, students lacking language and other relevant skills, students not having the financial means to study and a lack of capacity at the receiving institutions.

The international community in general and the European Union in particular have provided material help and expert knowledge to incorporate Syrian youth and vulnerable host communities into the higher educational institutions. In all countries of the region enormous efforts, by governmental and non-governmental institutions, have been made to allow for an opening of the higher education systems to refugees from Syria. In addition, the wider region (southern Mediterranean and EU countries) have signalled interest to learn from this example and see how higher education institutions are addressing the higher educational need of migrants and refugees.

Goals

The overall objective of the event is to take stock, learn from each other and enhance cooperation. Having the relevant actors together could be the necessary breeding ground for studying and improving ongoing engagements with Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries. 

The conference will draw some conclusions, highlight positive examples, name the challenges to improve the understanding of what has been done or still needs to be done and how this can be achieved.

The target groups are university representatives, national authorities, professionals/experts, students and other relevant stakeholders from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.