On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Prof. Manar Fayyad, President of the German Jordanian University and Mr. Mahmoud Abu Shaera’, the Chairman of Zarqa Corporation for Education and Investment, signed the agreement of EDU-SYRIA/EDU-JORDAN scholarship program, funded by the European Union, to support 470 Syrian refugees.
This agreement comes within the project “Supporting Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Syrian Refugees and Young Jordanians – EDU-SYRIA III” funded by the European Union through the European Union Regional Trust Fund to Respond to the Syria Crisis, the “Madad” Fund, which will provide young people with the opportunity to pursue higher education (Bachelor’s and masters), vocational education and technical training, in addition to teacher training, entrepreneurship, job-oriented courses and summer programs for high school students.
The EDU-SYRIA Scholarship Program, supported by the European Madad Fund and implemented by the Federation of Several Authorities under the leadership of the German Jordanian University, has provided more than 3,000 scholarships so far.
During the signing ceremony, Fayyad praised the distinguished partnership between the two parties and the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors, noting that the program provides scholarships for Syrian refugees and Jordanian youth from its establishment in 2015.
Fayyad appreciated the efforts of all partners and the project team to assure providing quality education for young people, helping them to improve their lives, and integrate them in society to be tools for production and building in their societies.
For his part, Vice Chairman of the Company, Mr. Osama Abu Shaera’, stressed the importance of such agreements and the extent of their impact on students under EU supervision. He added that the University is keen to provide all educational and learning materials so that it reflects on their excellence and academic achievement, pointing that the agreement comes to support the higher education project for Syrian refugees and Jordanian youth.
It is worth mentioning that the EDU-SYRIA III project is a consortium of 9 local and international partners: The German Jordanian University (consortium leader), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Nuffic (The Dutch Organisation for Internationalisation in Education), Queen Rania Teacher Academy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Yarmouk University, Mutah University, Zarqa University and Luminus Technical University College. The project also cooperates with Jordanian aid funds: National Aid Fund, Tkiyet Um Ali, Al-Aman Fund, and Zakat Fund.