The partner countries involved in this proposal, namely Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq (but also some of the Programme Countries involved, such as Turkey and Germany) are experiencing a very critical situation due to the high number of refugees present on their territory: most of these are Syrian citizens, and include a high percentage of former University students who had to interrupt their academic curriculum.
The main specific objective of RESCUE is to help the Partner Country Universities in structuring an effective response to this problem, by creating ad hoc units (the Refugee Student Operational Support Unit – R-SOS), whose mission is to structure specific services supporting the refugee students in resuming their academic training path. The analysis carried out by the target Universities has shown that each one of them has different approaches and constraints vis-à-vis this problem, therefore ad hoc solutions must be implemented in each one of them.
Once the R-SOS units will be operational, the services they will deliver will help the refugee students in resuming their academic training path, in some cases by accessing the standard curricula on the same basis as all the other students, in some other cases by following ad hoc training courses providing them with basic skills and competencies useful for employment purposes.
Therefore it is expected that the setting up of the R-SOS units will help in improving the situation of the refugee student either by supporting them in getting a job in the hosting countries either in preparing them for returning to their origin country once the crisis is over.
|European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education|
|UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy|
|€ 947 665,00|
|From 15/10/2016 to 14/10/2019|
|Marcello Scalisi, m.scalisi[AT]uni-med.net|
Project related news:
- The Lebanese Universities and their efforts towards deprived local communities and refugees
- “R-SOS supporting units” opened in Duhok: mentoring, orientation and support for local communities, Internally Displaced Peoples and refugees
- Capacity building for non-academic staff in Lebanon and Jordan: setting up competencies for R-SOS Units helping refugees
- Needs analysis for an effective response of Universities in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq to the refugee crisis
- Higher Education and Refugees: a better coordination for future sustainability
- UNIMED at Campus France Meetings with a speech about refugees and Higher Education in Europe and MENA region
- RESCUE, field visits completed in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, Kurdistan Region
- RESCUE Project: visit in Northern Iraq, Kurdistan Region - Duhok University and Duhok Polytechnic
- RESCUE Kick Off Meeting & Workshop on “Refugees in Europe and MENA Region”, Rome 14-15 February 2017