The conflict in Syria has been going on for over 18 months and is escalating. Because of this, a growing number of higher education institutions have begun increasing efforts to extend scholarships and aid to Syrian students, especially those from areas hit hardest.
Last week, the Institute for International Education (IIE) and Jusoor – an organization that focuses on economic developments of Syria, along with the Illinois Institute of Technology have all offered emergency support to help Syrian students get to safety at colleges and universities around the world. Together, they have committed $2 million (USD) and are currently seeking additional donors to provide funds and scholarships. Their target goal is $5 million in support.
It’s been difficult for Syrian students wishing to pursue higher education since many families have been displaced and are living in refugee camps. Additionally, many Syrian schools have been destroyed in the violence and students simply do not have access to education. Resources have been limited to help students at the college level.
Colleges and universities that are interested in helping can join the Commitment to Action.