The HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) 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),
the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic, is proud to invite you to the HOPES second regional conference entitled

 ‘Higher Education and the Syria Crisis: What’s Next?’


The conference will take place on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2019 in Amman, Jordan



The conflict in Syria, now in its eighth year, remains unresolved despite the numerous efforts of key international players to find a solution. With more than seven million Syrians displaced internally and around five million having fled to neighbouring countries, the toll of this enduring crisis has been extremely devastating on the Syrian population as well on the host communities. The local higher education systems have been heavily affected by the vast number of university age refugees to absorb, amid an unstable economic and political situation.

Despite the enormous efforts made, the higher education institutions, national authorities and the international community are all struggling to provide educational opportunities and tangible solutions for the low and plummeting numbers of Syrian students enrolled in higher education in the host countries. Challenges are often exacerbated by a general lack of capacity affecting the supply of opportunities for an already overstretched higher education sector.

While it is impossible to anticipate when it will be safe for students to return to their country, all local and international protagonists agree that the academic needs of Syrian and host community young people should be considered of paramount priority and should be maximised to prevent a lost generation of students, an issue that will have lasting implications for their personal future and their country’s future as well.

As a result, only a small percentage of these youth have the financial means or the institutional access to continue higher education in their host countries and the majority of post-secondary age students currently enrolled in a university programme are struggling to adapt to the academic system of the host countries.

Various measures have been taken by local and international stakeholders in the countries affected by the crisis including the identification of challenges faced by the students from Syria and exploring new approaches and educational programmes to better address the educational needs of these students and of the hosting higher education institutions.



Within this context, the HOPES second regional conference will take into consideration the recommendations raised within the latest national meetings, conferences and stakeholder dialogues as well as during the two-day conference on Higher Education and Refugees in the Mediterranean region organized within the scope of the HOPES project in partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) in September 2017 in Lebanon.

The conference which will bring together professionals, experts and students from a variety of institutions and initiatives aims at presenting the latest achievements in the higher education sector in the context of the Syria crisis and to analyse their impact on students and higher education institutions, while discussing the various innovative solutions and projects implemented by key stakeholders in the region. 

The two-day event seeks to deepen the reflection on the expectations of all protagonists as a starting point to exploring in-depth further innovative approaches and sustainable viable solutions in the host countries.



Venue Location : Le Grand Amman Hotel, Queen Nour Street, 11195 Amman, Jordan




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Welcome addresses and introductory statements

Session 1: Higher Education and the Syria Crisis: A Closer look on the situation

Session 2: Moving forward along the academic pathway

Session 3: Blended learning and online solutions

Session 4: Student Talk show: “What’s Next for me?”

Session 5: Higher education and refugees from Syria – round table discussions:

Round table 1 – “Cohesion”/ integration, reducing tensions, the situation of the host community

Round table 2 – The question of employability and labour market access for refugees and the need to find more innovative and realistic solutions

Round table 3 – The language needs of student refugees from Syria for higher education

Feedback from the round table discussions

Session 6: Improving response mechanisms


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