- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Housing for refugee students
- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The HOPES project is a European initiative, funded by the Madad Fund, which aims to improve the situation of young refugees from Syria and host communities in vulnerable situations, to help them continue their higher education in their host countries.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE HOPES PROJECT
The war in Syria has left more than seven million internally displaced people while nearly 5 million Syrians have left Syria for neighboring countries. Faced with this influx of refugees, the higher education systems of the host communities have also been affected, making it impossible to guarantee access to university programs for all refugees and young people in vulnerable situations.
The HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) project aims to improve the situation of young Syrian refugees, as well as those of young people in vulnerable situations in five host countries neighboring Syria (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) and facilitate their access to higher education.
HOPES is funded to the tune of 12 million euros by the Madad Fund, the European Union's regional trust fund in response to the Syrian crisis. The project is planned to last nearly four years and half (April 2016-August 2020). It organizes a number of actions to help students affected by the conflict in Syria.
The partners of the HOPES project are implementing the following:
Counters dedicated to consultation and the orientation of Syrian refugee students have been set up in the five countries that are targets of the HOPES project. They provide the students with information on the possibility of accessing higher education and on the opportunities for funding.
The HOPES project finances scholarships for young Syrian refugees and vulnerable youth of the host countries to continue their studies, in Bachelor's and Master's programs.
The HEEAP (Higher Education English Access Program) program offered English training modules adapted to student needs and to the context of each country.
Call for proposals
HOPES funded projects supporting the intensification of capacities in higher education institutions of the five host countries and / or in Syria, often in collaboration with European institutions.
National and regional policy dialogue
HOPES supervised the connection between various players at national and regional level impacted by the influx of refugees from Syria, and fostered the institutional dialogue between higher education institutions, ministries, regional organizations, NGOs, etc. through the organization of national dialogue and regional political conferences.
RESULTS AND IMPACT
HOPES supervised the connection between various players at national and regional level impacted by the influx of refugees from Syria, and fostered the institutional dialogue between higher education institutions, ministries, regional organisations, NGOs, etc. through the organisation of national dialogue and regional political conferences.