Due to the conflict in Syria, 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 of the enduring crisis, the higher education systems in the host countries have been heavily affected and a situation has arisen where only a small fraction of the vulnerable young refugees are currently enrolled in a university programme.

HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) is a €12 million project, funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, ‘the Madad Fund’ and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic.

The project seeks 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.

The life span of the project is from April 2016 until August 2020, during which refugees from Syria and young people in the host communities will benefit from a wide range of educational offers, academic counselling, language courses, and full academic scholarships and higher education short courses. Further and higher education institutions and organizations in host communities will also receive financial support to provide innovative educational offers and thereby improve their own capacity. Syrian learners will profit from recognised learning achievements, completed degrees and advanced academic and language training. This will enable them to continue their studies and careers when they return to Syria.


The HOPES project is funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’. Launched in December 2014, the overall objective of the Trust Fund is to provide a coherent and reinforced aid response to the Syrian crisis on a regional scale, responding primarily in the first instance to the needs of refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries, as well as of the communities hosting the refugees and their administrations, in particular as regards to resilience and early recovery.


The HOPES-LEB Scholarship Fund

HOPES-LEB provides a broad spectrum of 1,000 scholarships for vulnerable young Lebanese and refugees from Syria. Students benefit from preparation courses for high school students, regular academic university studies (Bachelor and Masters) and further qualification courses for graduates increasing employability and entrepreneurial chances.

Academic Counselling

The provision of information and advice through the counselling process helps students to make decisions along the educational pathway enabling them to identify adequate offers that might help them to achieve their goals.

Funding for institutional capacity development

HOPES-LEB provides tailor-made support and funding for innovative short-term education projects implemented by local institutions to address the specific needs of students and alleviate bottlenecks related to access to and completion of higher education, and better preparation for the labour market.

Stakeholder Dialogue

Through coordination meetings and local events, HOPES-LEB continues to facilitate national stakeholder dialogue and the coordination of interventions in the higher and further education sector related to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon.

Regional Alumni Network

Together with the other higher education EUTF-funded projects in the region, a unified regional alumni community and network of EUTF scholarship holders in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey is being developed to facilitate exchange and increase their further educational and labour market prospects at the regional and international levels.

Regional Policy Conferences

Through two policy conferences organized on a regional level, HOPES will be providing a forum to address the impact of the Syria Crisis on Higher Education in the region from different perspectives. The purpose is to expand the intra-regional and EU-regional policy dialogue related to Higher Education initiatives for Syrians in the region while providing a forum for exchanging experience and best practices






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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