Impact and Year Two Plans

Year One Results

In year one, the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis was able to gather 39 universities that together committed approximately 150 scholarships for Syrian students.  Following the matching process with our on-line portal, 13 universities awarded a total of 70 scholarships, with a value of over $2.3 million. We would like to thank all participating institutions.

Year Two Plans

With the crisis in Syria showing no signs of abating, it is clear that ongoing support is needed for Syrian students and scholars to continue their education and academic work. We hope to expand the IIE Syria Consortium in its second year.
We are excited to announce that the original partners of IIE, IIT, Jusoor, and EducationUSA-Syria will be joined by Kaplan Test Prep International, UC Davis Human Rights Initiative, Princess Basmah Bint Al Saud, and, most significantly, the Global Platform for Syrian Students launched by former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.  We have an ambitious plan to expand our efforts to provide the following in 2014:

  • 600 Syrian Student Scholarships: 100 in North America; 200 in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq; 100 in other countries of the MENA region; 100 in Portugal and other EU countries; 100 in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
  • 500 online test preparation courses provided without charge by Kaplan Test Prep International, to help students prepare for tests such as SAT, GMAT and GRE that they will need to apply to higher education institutions.
  • Fellowships for Syrian Scholars through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund: Fellowships will be matched by host universities around the world.
  • Grants to universities to provide top-up funds to supplement Consortium scholarships.
  • Research and policy recommendations by the University of California, Davis Human Rights Initiative.
  • Student mentorship by members of Jusoor.
  • Institutional mentorship by Illinois Institute of Technology.


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