EDU-Syria is an educational and humanitarian project funded by the European Union (EU) to help Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians from host communities acquire access to higher education and vocational training through a set of scholarship programs.
The European Union has funded the EDU-Syria project with 17.6 Million Euro in total, enabling 1,600 students to enroll in Higher Education Institutions in Jordan. Initially, European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) funded EDU-SYRIA program with 4 Million Euro, then EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis ‘Madad Fund’ additionally provided 11 Million Euro, and recently topped up the fund with 2.6 Million Euro.
The project is implemented by the German Jordanian University (GJU), in partnership with four educational institutes: Zarqa University (ZU), Luminus Technical University College (LTUC), Yarmouk University (YU) and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). The project also cooperates closely with Jordanian institutions that help vulnerable Jordanians such as the National Aid Fund, Tkiyet Um Ali and Al-Aman Fund.
EDU Syria sheds light on the issues faced by Syrian students in Jordan, supporting the “No Lost Generation” strategy that aims at providing those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable, sustainable and secure future.
In an effort to empower and support those affected by the Syrian crisis, EDU-Syria’s main objective is to provide 1,590 scholarships in higher education and vocational training, equipping both Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians from host communities with the required knowledge and skills to access the labour market.
Since its establishment in 2015, EDU-Syria has already graduated 479 students; enrolled 1,497 students in various academic degree programs with 52% females and 48% males, 739 Syrian refugee students in Bachelor Degree programs, 487 students in Higher National Diploma programs, and 271 students in various Master Degree programs.
So far, EDU-Syria has received more than ten thousand applications from Syrian refugees who are seeking higher education opportunities out of which 1200 scholarships were granted. This project aims that before 2022, it will able to offer more scholarships and vocational training to contribute to the empowerment of its prospective applicants and graduates.
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