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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

New Philanthropy Will Support Universal Education for Neediest Children And Youth Worldwide

Students and scholars in Syria and many other parts of the world have been abruptly cut off from educational opportunities by war, persecution, and violence engulfing their homes. More than 57 million children worldwide do not have access to school, and current conflicts and refugee crises are hitting school and university-aged youth particularly hard. Read More