Integrating Syrians into Turkish Higher Education through Recognition of Qualifications (REFREC-TR)

Integrating Syrians into Turkish Higher Education through Recognition of Qualifications (REFREC-TR)

Yaşar University


Yaşar University aims to develop a comprehensive, functional and tailor-made recognition tool for Turkish higher education concerning Syrians with documents that needs to be validated and more specifically Syrians without proper documents. A comparative research report and a guideline for Turkish higher education system by conducting an evidence-based academic research on how to better cope and integrate Syrians and prospective refugees into Turkish higher education system will be published.

The project will also test NOKUT’s (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education)  “Qualification’s Passport for Refugees” and use this input to develop Turkey’s own tool suggestion. 

The recognition tool will not only serve to Turkish higher education institutions but also for Turkish Ministry of Directorate General of Migration Management (partner of the project) who is in charge of registering Syrians under temporary protection and their qualifications profile through rarely verified documents but mostly through Syrian’s claims and statements.       

The project directly refers to one of the specific action fields of the call in terms of improving the situation and performance of Syrian students concerning their integration into the Turkish higher education institutions (HEIs) and also enhancing the capacity of HEIs, relevant public authorities and their key staff engaged with admission and qualification recognition procedures of refugees.   

Duration of the project: 10 months


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