HOPES against inequalities!

Providing refugees with access to tertiary education and further learning – needs, challenges and innovative practices

Project or report lab
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
15:15 to 16:30

It is estimated that fewer than 1 % of refugees have access to tertiary education, compared to 36 % of their peers elsewhere. Tertiary education gives young refugees the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to society and are essential for post-conflict recovery and rebuilding. The HOPES project addresses the challenges faced by Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Syria's neighbouring countries. Through a symbiotic mix of education that offers academic counselling, language courses, scholarships, innovative projects and policy dialogue, HOPES has improved the prospects of refugee youth in the region. On the eve of World Refugee Day, this session gives a voice to refugee students, local education providers and policymakers.

Organised by


Nina Salden
Director DAAD Brussels
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Feras Oyoun
Master student
Université Paris-Sud
Nesma Desouki
Ain Shams University
Isabelle Combes
Deputy Head of Unit - Trust Fund Manager ad interim
European Commission - DG for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Rabih Shibli
American University of Beirut