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Warning Over Failure to Educate Syria's Young Refugees

Originally published by Times Higher Education and reprinted with permission.

Less than 6 per cent of Syrian refugees of university age currently displaced across the Middle East are enrolled in higher education, an expert on the region has warned.

Salam Said, a lecturer on the Arab economy, told a conference that countries neighbouring Syria had fallen well short of targets for the enrolment of refugees on degree courses.

Universities Urged to Offer Refugees Scholarships to Help Them Rebuild War-Torn Countries

Originally published by ABC and reprinted with permission.

Universities around the world are being urged to offer more scholarships to refugees.

At the Australian International Higher Education Conference in Hobart, attendees from more than 30 countries heard only 1 per cent of the world's 65 million refugees had a university degree.

Online Study Scheme Gives Refugee Students a Degree of Hope

Originally published by the UNHCR and reprinted with permission.

War brought an abrupt end to Qusai’s efforts to become a lawyer. He had been in the first year of a law degree course at university in Dara’a when violence broke out in the southern Syrian city at the start of the country’s civil conflict in 2011.

In 2013, he and his family fled to Jordan and ended up in the remote refugee camp of Azraq. There, Qusai’s hopes of continuing his education seemed to evaporate.

How do refugee students make the jump to Germany's universities?

Originally published by The Christian Science Monitor and reprinted with permission.

An Afghan refugee born in Iran, Mr. Sohrabi says it wasn’t easy for him to go to school. By age 10 or 11, he was working during the day and studying at night. Sohrabi was eventually able to study English translation at a university outside Tehran for four semesters, but as an Afghan in Iran, even that was difficult.

A Mexican-Syrian Friendship Sparks a Refugee Program

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

Adrian Melendez, a Mexican, first met Jackdar Mohammed, a Syrian, at a freshly constructed refugee camp in northern Iraq in March of 2013. Mohammed, both a refugee and a volunteer at the camp, jokingly offered the Mexican a spicy meal. A year later that encounter had changed both of their lives—and many others’ lives as well. Read more. 

Confronting the Higher Education Crisis for Syria’s Refugees

Originally published by EA Worldview and reprinted with permission.

The scale of the Syrian refugee crisis and the challenge of mitigating a “lost generation” of the education of Syrians is a critical one. As young Syrians struggle to enter higher education, they are navigating a range of complicated and often contradictory systems at local, national and international levels, between immigration and asylum policies on the one hand, and education policies on the other. Read more