Date: 30 January 2019
Place: Amman, Jordan
On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the HOPES 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, organised its third National Stakeholder Dialogue, entitled ‘Higher Education and the Syria Crisis: Innovative Projects under the grant scheme of HOPES’ at the Gerasa Hotel in Amman, Jordan.
Through HOPES, several local and regional education institutions across KRI, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey are currently implementing 32 innovative short-term education projects targeting refugees and vulnerable host communities. In Jordan, HOPES is funding 10 projects to ease the access of students to higher education and provide them with capacity building courses and support.
This gathering is part of a series of stakeholder dialogues organised on a national level bringing together representatives from ministries, higher education institutions and other key institutional stakeholders involved in tertiary education and the Syria crisis to discuss the main issues addressed by these projects, their achievements and challenges as well as to further explore approaches to guarantee their greatest possible impact and sustainability. The National Stakeholder Dialogues provide a platform for discussion and information exchange on higher education and the Syria crisis, to strengthen national coordination and explore new approaches benefitting all stakeholders.
Following the welcome notes by the representative of the Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ms. Maria Rosa Vettoretto, and the director of the HOPES project, Dr. Carsten Walbiner, the dialogue incorporated various presentations from representatives of the Yarmouk University, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan, the Arab Open University, Al- Ahliyya Amman University, Jesuit Refugee Service, Safa and Luminus Technical University College.
The dialogue allowed to further explore the main issues addressed by the projects under the grant scheme of HOPES (Call for Proposals) and to develop recommendations and approaches towards helping both refugee and host community students and institutions.