Edition 204 - April 2018

Inspirations for the Future: a Conversation with Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese Youth and Young Entrepreneurs

On 23 April, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, discussed with young Syrian refugees and members of host societies their educational and professional prospects in the countries neighbouring Syria. The panel discussion was the central part of a side event to the international conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, organised jointly by the EU and the UN and taking place on 24 and 25 April in Brussels.

Two of the panellists were beneficiaries of HOPES, an initiative implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and its European partners British Council, Campus France and Nuffic in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. HOPES aims at improving access to higher education for refugees and vulnerable youth from the host communities. The project is fully financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’. The event was organised by the Madad Fund in partnership with UNICEF, the DAAD-led HOPES Consortium and SPARK.

HOPES has provided during the past two years 470 full academic scholarships for Syrians and vulnerable youth from the host communities; 2325 students have been offered English language courses and 31 projects of local educational institutions will be granted financial support for their implementation. 

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