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Needs analysis for an effective response of Universities in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq to the refugee crisis

The international cooperation RESCUE project – aimed at helping Jordanian, Lebanese and Iraqi (Kurdistan Region) Universities in structuring an effective response to refugees crisis – has monitored the presence of refugee students on national levels and identified, produced and updated a needs analysis for target Universities.

The needs analysis belongs to the work package 1 of the RESCUE project and its update has been deemed necessary because of the high speed at which the situation and the number of refugees have changed between the time of proposal writing and the project start date.

The analysis covers all the seven RESCUE partner universities, namely: Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and Lebanese University, in Lebanon; Zarqa University, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan and Yarmouk University, in Jordan, Duhok University and Duhok Polytechnic University, in Iraq (Kurdistan Region), and it also covers three additional non partner Higher education Institutions: the Hashemite University (HU), Jerash University (JU) and Al-Bayt University (ABU).

The document provides an overview of the territorial contexts, identifying the most relevant elements related to the forced movement of people, its management and the social and economic impact on the territory.

The report examines the needs analysis based on the processing of the information obtained from the partner Universities, as well as from the interviews and field visits carried out during the first half of 2017.

Thus, the report establishes a panoramic view of the situations of access and permanence of refugees in higher education (from the point of view of each of the participating Universities), as well as a panoramic view of the challenges that Universities identify in order to favour the incorporation of these young people. In this regard, the report identifies common elements related to the deterioration of economic conditions, the lack of centralized information (scholarships, admission requirements, etc.) or other access restrictions, as well as action proposals focused on the role of Refugee Students Operational Support (R-SOS) Units.

In general, the report allows a comprehensive vision of the situation in each country and builds a basis to establish the action plans through recommendations.

To download the report click here