EU-funded programme enables Syrian refugees in Turkey and the Middle East to take up university studies
May 12, 2016
A special programme funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’ to provide Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt the opportunity to gain access to further and higher education, has been launched on 26 April.
In addition to reaching up to 42,000 young Syrians through academic counselling, the project will provide language courses and short-term study programmes to more than 7,500 student refugees and award more than 300 full scholarships to Syrian refugees in the region. A total of EUR 12 million has been allocated for this purpose until 2019.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic potential. This will ensure that applicants from disadvantaged families are given an equal chance. To this end, the project intends to work closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Vulnerable host communities will also profit from services offered under this programme. (EU Neighbourhood Info)