The HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) project aims at providing better access to quality further and higher education opportunities for refugees from Syria as well as young people in the host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

This multifaceted €12-million regional project is funded by the European Union, through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘EU Madad Fund’, and is implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic.

From 2016 until 2020, HOPES has provided full academic scholarships at different levels, university-based English-language and study skills courses, academic counselling, funding for innovative short-term education projects, and national and regional stakeholder dialogues.


The Scholarship Fund
& Academic Counselling

HOPES has provided 620 full academic scholarships  to students at bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as for vocational training and diplomas enabling refugees of post-secondary age from Syria and young people in the host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to continue their higher and further education in local institutions.

Education Desks located in the five target countries and communication tools have offered until end of 2019, academic counselling and information about access to tertiary and study education opportunities to more than 26,333 info seekers


Higher Education English
Access Programme HEEAP

More than 8,514 students have benefited from university-based English and study skills courses that give them the tools needed to complete their university education, apply for scholarships and access other educational and professional opportunities.

Partnerships with 19 higher education institutions  and the provision of teacher training to  283 English teachers allowed to deliver the HEEAP courses to students in the region.

Courses included online entry tests and certificated Aptis tests, 100 hours of face-to-face English classes and 40 hours online as well as IELTS preparation and tests for higher-level students.


Call for Proposals

HOPES has provided funding for 32 innovative short-term education projects, implemented by local and regional institutions, which target refugees and vulnerable youth in the host communities.

 To discover more about these projects

Networking & Stakeholder Dialogues

HOPES has supported institutional dialogue and networking through the organization of 2 regional conferences in Beirut and Amman and 20 national stakeholder dialogues in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

To read the full reports of these dialogues  






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