The crisis in Syria has created an academic emergency, with the break-down of higher education within the country and major obstacles facing Syrian students and scholars who are studying or teaching outside of Syria. There is an urgent need to provide emergency assistance to these students and scholars to enable them to continue their academic work in safe haven countries until they can return home to help rebuild their country.
Students and scholars from Syria have have reported attacks on universities, labs and classrooms destroyed, campuses closed, and areas being shelled so that people cannot get to classes even if their universities were open.
IIE, in collaboration with Jusoor and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), have announced a Commitment to Action at the 2012 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that includes providing emergency grants to students whose education has been interrupted by the crisis, and to scholars whose lives are threatened in Syria.
Join the Commitment:
A core component of our Commitment to Action is to build a consortium of universities and colleges around the world who will offer scholarships to assist threatened Syrian students, with a goal of 50 new scholarships in the next year. Please join this consortium by indicating that you will provide one more more scholarships for students from Syria.
IIE also calls upon colleges and universities to help provide emergency support to Syrian students already on their campuses who need assistance. And, we are seeking campuses who are able to be a host campus for threatened Syrian scholars who will receive fellowship support from IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund.
Read a letter from IIE's President and CEO, Allan Goodman (96 KB, PDF), urging higher education institutions to join this commitment.
How to Join:
To join the consortium, please complete the Commitment to Action form (67 KB, DOC) and submit to SyriaESF2012@iie.org.