Due to the conflict in Syria, now in its tenth year, more than seven million Syrians have been displaced internally and around five million have fled the country, finding refuge in neighbouring countries. As a result, the higher education systems in the host countries have been heavily affected and access to higher education has been limited for these young people, only a small percentage of whom have the financial means to continue their studies.

Recognising that the academic needs of both Syrian and host-community young people are of paramount importance, tremendous efforts have been made at different levels to address these challenges and to avoid a lost generation of students, an issue that has lasting implications for their future.

In 2016, the European Union through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘EU Madad Fund’ provided support to the HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) regional project.

HOPES is a €12 million initiative implemented between 2016 and 2020 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic, to provide better access to quality further and higher education opportunities for refugees of post-secondary-age from Syria as well as young people in the host communities affected by the high influx of  refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

HOPES has provided 620 full academic scholarships at different levels, more than 8,500 university-based English-language and study skills courses and academic counselling to more than 26,000 students. The project also provided financial support to 32 innovative short-term education projects, and organised various events including 2 regional conferences and 20 national stakeholder dialogues.

In 2020, the support of the European Union continues through the HOPES-LEB project (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians and vulnerable youth), an €8.4 million project funded by the European Union, through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, the ‘EU Madad Fund’, and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with Campus France and Nuffic.

HOPES-LEB aims at improving livelihood prospects through higher education opportunities for vulnerable Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria in Lebanon thus increasing their chances for a better future.​



This website was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the HOPES-LEB implementing partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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