The Syrian Journey: Choose a Route to Higher Education

Use our interactive graphic to understand the choices Syrian students make as they seek higher education in the countries neighboring Syria.

The Syrian Journey: Choose a Route to Higher Education

If you were a Syrian student, what decisions would you make to complete your education? Take our journey to understand the difficult choices these aspiring students face.
Their educational options are limited, and their likelihood of success often seems bleak. As the conflict in Syria drags on into its fifth year with no sign of abating, life may arguably be as difficult for those Syrians who aspire to higher education and now living in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, as it is for students still inside the country.
Many of these young people have had their education abruptly disrupted. The number of university-age Syrians who are currently displaced in the region is not clear. But it is likely to be in the hundreds of thousands, given the well-developed state-sponsored higher-education system that once operated in Syria.

Begin your journey:
This interactive journey is based on statistical research and interviews with Syrian students.

Where are you now?

By: Rasha Faek

Rasha is an experienced journalist and editor, who has joined Al-Fanar Media since its launch early in 2013. She has contributed to international publications such as USA Today and Bloomberg BAN. Rasha holds three bachelor’s degrees in English literature from Damascus University, in dramatic arts from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, and in journalism from Damascus Open University. She was a keynote speaker at the Denver University Internationalization Summit in 2017, titled:  Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education. Rasha contributed to a manual on Education Journalism, produced by Al-Fanar Media in 2014, and put an Arabic guideline on how to write about Women, security and peace, published by the Syrian Female Journalists Network in 2018. She has also contributed a 7,000-word chapter entitled “Syria: Educational Decline and Decimation” for the book Education in the Arab World, published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

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