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Tertiary Education

Few Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon Get Into Secondary Education

Al Fanar Media 2 April 2019

A report released last month has confirmed what has long been suspected—that the educational pipeline in Jordan and Lebanon has collapsed. In particular, refugee youth are not flowing through secondary schools—to graduation, or up into vocational or higher education.

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Why displaced people are being failed by higher education

University World News 25 May 2018

Worldwide fewer than 1% of refugees have access to higher education. Historically, this statistic hasn’t attracted a huge amount of attention: before 2013 most displaced people came from countries where higher education attainment was already relatively low. That changed with Syria. Before the war, about a quarter of Syrians were enrolled in post-secondary education. As they crossed borders and later seas, Syrian young people requested not just asylum, but also access to higher education.

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Education plays a “key role” in refugees’ integration

Info Migrants 18 April 2018

Universities have an important role to play in improving refugees’ living conditions and promoting integration, according to experts at a conference in Rome. But a UN representative at the meeting said just one percent of refugees worldwide have access to higher education.

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Conflict, access major obstacles to improving education in Arab nations

Arizona State University 17 April 2018

The Arab world has one of the world’s youngest populations and is in great need of access to higher education to accelerate its economy — a challenge that Arizona State University is helping to solve.

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Portugal: O “efeito de borboleta” de ajudar estudantes de países em conflito

Diário de Notícias 9 April 2018

A analogia da borboleta terá agradado particularmente a Sampaio que, com a conferência de ontem, na Gulbenkian, pretendia sobretudo dar asas à ideia que lançou há quatro anos. Nomeadamente através do Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies (RRM), uma “iniciativa global” que pretende multiplicar projetos como o da GP4SYS, através de ideias simples como “uma vaga por instituição do ensino superior” ou um “mecanismo de solidariedade entre estudantes” em que cada um dos 230 milhões de alunos do superior do mundo é desafiado a ajudar o programa com um euro. Hoje, entre 22,5 milhões de deslocados que poderiam estar a frequentar o superior, só 1% tem essa hipótese.

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Higher Education and the Economic Integration of Refugees

Inside Higher Ed 5 March 2018

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is pioneering an innovative program to deliver more than a high-quality university education to some of the world’s most disadvantaged learners. Our refugee education programs enable refugees around the world to earn US-accredited bachelor’s degrees, as part of a strategy to help navigate the challenges that refugees face by being displaced. Building on our pilot program with Kepler in the Kiziba refugee camp, we are expanding our programs to locations in Lebanon, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa.

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Responding to the Needs of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

Inside Higher Ed 21 January 2018

The Ethiopian free higher education program has enabled 1,600 Eritrean refugees to pursue their studies at various public universities across the country. Around 85 % of the Eritrean refugees are estimated to complete their studies successfully.

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Higher education’s social responsibility to refugees

University World News 15 December 2017

The number of displaced people around the world has reached unprecedented levels. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, estimates that more than 65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to extreme violence, war, persecution and similar factors.

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Cabo Verde: Em direto do 3º dia do Fórum Nacional de Educação

Fórum Nacional de Educação - Cabo Verde 10 November 2017

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Europe ‘must improve’ credential recognition for refugees

Times Higher Education 14 September 2017

The higher education sector must continue to develop initiatives aimed at increasing access for refugees, to prepare universities for the “next crisis”. That is the view of Einar Meier, senior adviser at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), who warned that, while the number of new refugee arrivals in Europe had “plummeted”, the need to assess and recognise a large number of individuals’ qualifications quickly, remained a pressing issue.

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Insider knowledge: homegrown solutions for academic refugees

Times Higher Education 25 June 2017

Universities are developing imaginative ways of addressing the educational needs and ambitions of Syrians. If the risk of a “lost generation” of Syrian students and academics is to be avoided, universities in the region must be part of the solution. But these institutions – in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – lack the capacity to deal with the scale of the refugee crisis and, in any case, often face problems of their own.

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6,350 higher education places for Syrian refugees

Middle East Monitor 19 May 2017

A new programme to deliver higher education opportunities for over 6,300 Syrian refugees was launched at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, Netherlands, today.

The project, which is one of the largest education programmes in the world for refugees, will grant access to scholarships, undergraduate qualifications and vocational training to a total of 6,345 students in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

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Higher Education for Refugees

Stanford Social Innovation Review 18 April 2017

Today the world is facing the largest migrant crisis in human history: More than 65 million people—nearly one percent of the world’s population—are displaced as a result of conflict. While the demands of survival have taken priority, the large and unaddressed educational needs of this population are astounding: The United Nations estimates that there are at least 200,000 Syrians who have had their post-secondary education interrupted as a result of the conflict.

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Syrian refugees face tough odds in quest for higher education

UNHCR 22 March 2017

As a high school student in Syria, Jankidar knew that he wanted to study political sciences. But soon after enrolling in Aleppo University, he had to drop out to support his family.
Then when war broke out in Syria in 2011, he was forced to flee his hometown of Kobane for Lebanon, where he tried once again to get a university degree - this time juggling four jobs to pay for his tuition and make ends meet.

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Educating Syria’s Rebuilders

Project Syndicate 28 December 2016

In Aleppo, the devastated Syrian city and former rebel stronghold that has now been retaken by Syrian government forces, there was a glimmer of hope even as the bombs were falling. Amid the ruins, learning endured, as 15 young Syrians prepared for their university exams. They could not walk to a college campus, because so many of the country’s universities have been reduced to rubble. But they could still earn their degrees, thanks to a unique online program made available by the University of the People (UoP).

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