Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future
14th December 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
This event celebrates the launch of a Special Issue of the Education and Conflict Review (ECR) on ‘Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future’ and is jointly hosted by Cara (The Council for At Risk Academics) and the Centre for Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education, London.
ECR focuses on debates about education, conflict and international development and provides a forum for knowledge exchange to build synergies between academics, practitioners and graduate students who are researching and working in these environments. The violent conflict in Syria since 2011 has become one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters in human history, forcing over 5.6 million Syrians into exile. The Syrian higher education sector has been decimated by the destruction of buildings and campuses, the loss of large numbers of academics and a lack of accreditation or support for those areas outside of the control of the ruling party. For the North West of the country, which remains outside the regime control, the impact has been particularly severe.
This special issue brings together a series of articles, many written or co-written by Syrian academics, that evaluate the impact of the crisis on higher education, its current role in providing support during this crisis and its potential role in reconstruction. The launch event will be an opportunity to hear from some of these academics on findings from their research, from Cara on the importance of supporting higher education and from ECR editors on the edition as a whole. Professor Tristan McCowan from UCL will provide a response to the presentations and there will be opportunities for questions and discussion.
• Welcome, introduction to the journal and the Special Issue: Tejendra Pherali (Editor)
• The Cara Syria Programme: Kate Robertson, (Director)
• Presentations from the Review – Chair: Dr Juliet Millican (Guest Editor)
- Syrian higher education and social capital in times of conflict – Musallam Abedtalas and Wissam Aldien Aloklah
- Agricultural knowledge from academy to farming communities: The role of higher education in enhancing food security in Syria -Shaher Abdullateef and Esraa Almashhour
- The effect of the Syrian crisis on electricity supply and the household life in North-West Syria – Fuad Alhaj Omar and Hanadi Omaish Abdullah
- Higher education and Syrian refugees’ navigation of economic, social and political constraints in exile – Kathleen Fincham
- Rebuilding Higher Education in Northern Syria – Fateh Shaban
• Response to the Special Issue and presentations – Professor Tristan McCowan, UCL Institute of Education
• Questions and Discussion.