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We are in danger of losing an entire generation of Syrian students

Originally published by Times Higher Education and reprinted with permission.

Not since the Second World War has the world faced a greater refugee crisis. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of refugees exceeds 65 million worldwide, and almost 5 million of those refugees are from Syria. Read more

Student petitions UW-Madison to aid Syrian refugees with accessing higher education

Originally published by The Daily Cardinal and reprinted with permission.

Host countries often offer Syrian refugees an elementary education, but refugees that seek higher education in their new states frequently face logistical and financial barriers. One UW-Madison student has started a movement to urge the university to aid her Syrian counterparts. Read more

Educating Syria’s Rebuilders

Originally published by The Jordan Times and reprinted with permission.

In Aleppo, the devastated Syrian city and former rebel stronghold that has now been retaken by Syrian government forces, there was a glimmer of hope even as the bombs were falling. Amid the ruins, learning endured, as 15 young Syrians prepared for their university exams. Read More

Syria Loses Students Needed to Rebuild It’s Future

Originally published by BBC and reprinted with permission.

An entire generation of Syrians has had its education truncated, and the country's once flourishing academic community has been scattered or driven underground. The scale of the problem, according to the president of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Allan Goodman, is "unprecedented" in the near 100-year history of his New-York based organization. Read More

The Higher Education Crisis Beneath a Civil War

Originally published by The Atlantic and reprinted with permission.

Al Aas left his native Syria at the outset of the civil war there. He completed the equivalent of high school in Lebanon. He eventually made his way here, to Germany, two years ago. But to study in his preferred major, bioinformatics, he is determined to go to a university in the United States, which has the top programs in the field. Read More

Syrian Refugees Seek to Complete Their Higher Education

Originally published by Learning English and reprinted with permission.

Studying at a university in his home country of Syria made Amer Horani very proud. But that was before the war in Syria forced him to leave his country. Horani was the first in his family to attend a university. He began studying psychology at Damascus University in 2012. He dreamed of using his education to help others. Read More

Q&A: A new Way to Access Higher Education for -and by- Displaced Syrian Students

Originally published by Open Society Foundations and reprinted with permission.

Before the civil war, a quarter of Syrians went on to training or higher education. Five years later, the conflict has put a serious dent in education access for Syrians in the country and those who have been displaced, threatening to create an entire generation without higher education. Read More