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Respect Civilian Nature of Schools and Universities

In a press release, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) called States to act to deter the military use of schools and universities. The Use of schools and univesities for military purpose during conflict by armed forces and non-state ared groups endangers students and their education.

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Protect Scholars in Fight Against Terrorism

By Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson

In an Indianapolis Star op-ed, IIE-SRF Chairman Mark Angelson and IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman state that "higher education is the most effective weapon against the lure of the extremists."

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Interview with IIE-SRF on Voice of America

Voice of America-Turkish interviews IIE-SRF’s Senior Research & Program Officer James R. King about IIE’s efforts to support Syrian university professors and students during the current crisis, as well as its recent research on Syrian refugee access to higher education in Turkey. Interview is in Turkish.

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Making Higher Education Part of the Humanitarian Response to Refugees

By Rash Faek

Syrian refugee students face many challenges to continuing their studies in exile. Several programs are emerging that seek to assist refugee students to complete their university education. One such program is IIE's “From Camp to Campus” pilot project in Jordan, which will provide scholarships and supplemental support to Syrian university students living in the Za'atari refugee camp to complete their education at nearby universities.

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Protest politics: breaking news beyond the bubble

By Danny Mejia-Cruz and Alexander Thomas

"The tales are eye opening. Tear gas, birdshot and police brutality define vivid recollections of a revolutionary time, but this week brought a reminder that nothing has really changed. No, I [Alex] am not talking about the Civil Rights Movement and Ferguson, MO, but instead about the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring and his imminent release from jail after the charges against him for overseeing the deaths of 800 protesters were thrown out by a judge."

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ISIS Takeover In Iraq: Mosul University Students, Faculty Uncertain About The Future Of Higher Education

By Julia Glum

The continued closure of the University of Mosul raises concerns about the future of higher education in an ISIS-dominated Iraq.

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Three Academics Forced to Seek Safety in U.S.

By Lawrence Biemiller and Aisha Labi

IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund is seeing an increase in requests for help among foreign academics and students who are being displaced due to violence and political persecution.  Three scholars who have recently fled to the U.S. share their stories, which “demonstrate the growing threats to dissident intellectuals around the world."

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Scholars in Danger Join World's Refugees

By Aisha Labi

Academics and students “are being forced to flee their homes and homelands at a level not seen since World War II.”

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We Will Stop Here and Go No Further

By Keith David Watenpaugh, Adrienne L. Fricke, James R. King

In this report, IIE and the University of California, Davis look at the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey. As few as 1–2 percent of Syrian university-age students in Turkey were successfully enrolled at Turkish universities last year, including less than 1 percent of young women. These enrollment rates, however, increased by more than 300 percent between 2012–13 and 2013–14.

The report identifies:

  • The educational needs of Syrian faculty and university-age students in Turkey, including the barriers they face in accessing higher education.
  • Recommendations for increasing Syrians' access to higher education in Turkey.
  • Opportunities and challenges for the international community to support Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey.
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Offering Refuge to Endangered Scholars

By Mark A. Angelson and Allan E. Goodman

IIE-SRF Chairman Mark Angelson and IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman explain in their L.A. Times op-ed how the advances of Islamic State are threatening academics in Iraq and Syria. “We are working to provide as many of these scholars as possible with fellowships and secure places to continue their work until they can return safely to rebuild their once flourishing academic communities, but much more is needed.”

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