Bryn Mawr College is one of 33 colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations in the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and France, taking part in an initiative to provide scholarships for Syrian students affected by the violence in that country and to serve as host campuses for professors and senior scholars displaced by the country’s on-going civil war.
“The suffering of the Syrian people compels us to take action and to do what we can to help,” says Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe. “Syria can’t afford to lose an entire generation of leaders to violence and a lack of educational opportunity. While we may be limited in our ability to address the bloodshed, we can do something about ensuring that at least some of these young people have the opportunity to get the education they’ll need to lead their homeland out of these turbulent times.”
This initiative was announced today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) at the World Innovation Summit on Education in Doha, Qatar. The IIE-led consortium has committed more than $1.3 million in emergency support for Syrian students and scholars. The IIE was joined by the Syrian organization Jusoor and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in setting up this initiative.
Bryn Mawr has committed to offering a scholarship for one Syrian student.
The consortium members are: American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU); American University; Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; Aston University; Brown University; Bryn Mawr College; CampusFrance; Central European University; DePaul University; Eastern Michigan University; Emory University; Emporia State University; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Felician College; Illinois State University; Le Moyne College; Montclair State University; Notre Dame School of Law; Notre Dame of Maryland University; Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; St. Cloud State University; UK Higher Education International Unit; Universidad Veracruzana; University of Central Missouri; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; University of Edinburgh; University of Evansville; University of Georgia; University of Miami; Willamette University.
To match students and scholars with opportunities, IIE, Jusoor, and IIT will create an online portal to enable individuals needing educational assistance to browse available scholarships and apply to participating universities directly. IIE and IIT will serve as a resource to institutions on how best to provide support services to Syrian students and scholars, while Jusoor will help advertise opportunities widely within the Syrian community. The online portal will also provide comprehensive information on freely accessible online learning options, so that Syrian students and scholars who cannot leave Syria or travel for scholarship opportunities can continue their education during the crisis. The online portal will be launched in December, 2012.
IIE, IIT and Jusoor will collaborate with the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network to help ensure Syrian students are aware of the opportunities that are available through this initiative. EducationUSA-Syria provides accurate, comprehensive and current information about U.S. higher education and guidance to qualified Syrian students to access opportunities for study in the United States.
For more information, visit the IIE website.