• Start09:00 AM - Sep 26 2017
  • End02:00 PM - Sep 27 2017
  • Beirut, Crowne Plaza Hamra

The conference on Higher Education and Refugees in the Mediterranean region took place on 26 and 27 September 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Beirut-Lebanon.

This event was jointly organized by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) together with the HOPES project “Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians” 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), the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic.

This conference gathered more than 100 participants and focused on the impact of the Syrian crisis on the higher education systems of neighbouring countries, while addressing various examples of higher education systems facing similar challenges in Europe and in other Southern Mediterranean countries.

The gathering of the relevant actors and representatives from ministries, Higher Education Institutions, professionals and experts, students and other relevant stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Europe has allowed for enhanced joint activities, learning from each other and could be the necessary breeding ground for studying and improving ongoing cooperation with refugees in Southern Mediterranean countries.


Networking Exhibit – Poster presentation on projects and initiatives 


Press and Gallery

Introductory statements and welcoming words

«Assessing refugee students’ needs. The student perspective»

 «Assessing refugee students’ and scholars’ needs. The university perspective»

“Formulation of the problem, approaches, results and further challenges. Governmental perspectives” and “The response by the international community”

Networking Exhibit – Poster presentation on projects and initiatives

Break-out sessions discussing inspiring practices 




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