Syrian scholars need help

October 4, 2012

The crisis in Syria has created an academic emergency, with the breakdown of higher education within the country and major obstacles facing Syrian scholars and students.

In response, the Institute of International Education announced last week at the annual Clinton Global Initiative and at the United Nations that it will lead a "Commitment to Action" to mobilise emergency support for Syrian scholars and students.

We request that all higher education institutions around the world consider joining a consortium to support Syrian higher education in this moment of crisis by providing scholarships (full or partial) or tuition waivers to Syrian students and by offering to host scholars from Syria with financial support from the Scholar Rescue Fund.

The IIE and its Scholar Rescue Fund would be grateful if you and your colleagues would help to spread the word to interested colleagues or connect us with other universities, organisations or individuals who might join in this important effort.

In addition, we would encourage you to refer to us Syrian professors, researchers or public intellectuals who are facing threats to their lives and/or academic careers.

The IIE is assuming a leadership role in responding to the higher education crisis in Syria, and the Scholar Rescue Fund is making important contributions to assist a number of threatened Syrian scholars.

Together, the international higher education community can unite to support Syrian scholars and students at this critical time. There is much to do, and we hope you will join us in this urgent endeavour.

Allan Goodman, President and chief executive, Institute of International Education

Jim Miller, Executive director, Scholar Rescue Fund

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy