January 30, 2019

On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the HOPES project funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’ and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic, organised its third National Stakeholders Dialogue, entitled ‘Higher Education and the Syria Crisis: Innovative Projects under the grant scheme of HOPES’at the GerasaHotel in Amman, Jordan.


Through HOPES, several local and regional education institutions across KRI, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey are currently implementing 32 innovative short-term education projects targeting refugees and vulnerable host communities. In Jordan, HOPES is funding 10 projectsto ease the access of students to higher education and providethem with capacity building courses and support.

This gathering is part of a series of stakeholders dialogues organised on a national level bringing together representatives from these projects ministries, higher education institutions, key institutional stakeholders involved in tertiary education and the Syria crisisto discuss the main issues addressed by these projects, their achievements and challenges as well as to further explore approaches to guarantee their greatest possible impact and sustainability.

The National Stakeholders Dialogues provide a platform for discussion and information exchange on higher education and the Syria crisis,to strengthen coordination on a national level and explorenew approaches benefitting all stakeholders.

Following the welcome notes by the representative of theDelegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,Ms. Maria Rosa Vettoretto, and the director of the HOPES project, Dr. Carsten Walbiner; the dialogue incorporated various presentations from representatives of the Yarmouk University, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan, the Arab Open University,  Al- Ahliyya Amman University, Jesuit Refugee Service, Safaand Luminus Technical University College. The dialogueallowed to further explore the main issues addressed by the projects under the grant scheme of HOPES (Call for Proposals) and further recommendations and approaches towards helping both refugee and host community students and institutions.


HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) is a €12 million regional project, funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, ‘the Madad Fund’ and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the British Council, Campus France, and Nuffic. The project improves prospects for students of post-secondary-ageand provides 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.HOPES activities include full academic scholarships at different levels, English courses, academic counselling and support funding for innovative short-term education projects.

The European Union's ‘Madad Fund’  substantially addresses socio-economic, educational, health, sanitary, and psycho-social needs of Syrian refugees, host communities and their administrations, and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Find out more: EUTF Syria & Region