Syria


14 January 2015
IRIN
Turkey introduces tough new border policies for Syrians by Isabel Hunter and Danya Chudacoff

Turkey has quietly increased travel restrictions for Syrian refugees that could very negatively affect aid agencies working in the country, IRIN has learned. Since 1 January, those intending to cross back and forth between the two countries will only be able to spend three months out of every six inside Turkey or face a fine of 570 Turkish lira (US$250). 

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13 January 2015
Middle East Monitor
Germany to support Jordan on Syrian refugees

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that her country is willing to support Jordan to bear the burden of over one million Syrian refugees who fled to the country since the Syrian civil war erupted four years ago, the official Jordanian news agency reported.

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24 November 2014
Human Rights Watch
Jordan: Vulnerable Refugees Forcibly Returned to Syria

Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. Those deported include wounded men and unaccompanied children. Refugee deportations violate the international law principle of nonrefoulement, which forbids governments from returning people to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened. Those deported include a group of 12 Syrian refugees who had been receiving treatment at a rehabilitation center in northern Jordan as well as four refugees, three of them children, whom Jordanian border police intercepted near the Syrian border.

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15 October 2014
University World News
‘We will stop here and go no further’

The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on academics, students, and the education sector – not only in Syria but also in the neighbouring countries hosting large numbers of displaced Syrians. In a new report, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis review the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey. The report, We Will Stop Here and Go No Further: Syrian university students & scholars in Turkey, is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted in Turkey in June and July through a joint effort by IIE and the University of California, Davis.

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30 September 2014
Human Rights Watch
Lebanon: Rising Violence Targets Syrian Refugees by Human Rights Watch

The authorities in Lebanon are failing to take adequate steps to prevent and to prosecute increasing violence by private citizens against Syrians following the outbreak of clashes in Arsal  in August 2014 between the Lebanese Army and extremist groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and the subsequent executions of three Lebanese soldiers by extremists. The attacks against Syrians, most of them refugees, are being carried out in a climate of official indifference and discrimination, with the violence appearing in some cases to be attempts to expel Syrians from specific neighbourhoods or to enforce curfews.

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21 June 2014
The Independent
Iraq crisis: British jihadist skipped university to fight for Isis by ANTONIA MOLLOY

British students from Cardiff that fled home last November to join the ISIS ranks, appear in a video calling out for fighters. 

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18 June 2014
Al-Fanar Media
More Syrians in Lebanon: Fewer in Universities by Emma Gatten

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are losing out when it comes to gaining a university education, a new study released this week has found. Those following the plight of the refugees have largely focused on the lack of primary and secondary education. But not enough is being done to help those Syrians seeking higher education in Lebanon, says the report, “The War Follows Them.” The report recommends that higher education become central to international humanitarian strategies.

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29 April 2014
The Guardian
Cold comfort: the Syrian refugees trying to make a new life in Sweden by Matteo Fagotto

Sweden is the place in Europe most friendly to Syrian asylum seekers – but the reality of life there is tough. Here, some talk about their lives

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21 April 2014
Al Monitor
Aleppo's children struggle to stay in school by Orwoa Kanawati

A first-hand report from Aleppo on local initiatives in rebel-held east Aleppo trying to keep children in school.

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13 April 2014
Al-Monitor
Syria's Graffitti Revolution by Adrian Hartick

Syrian graffitti artists seek to reclaim the spirit of the revolution by taking on both the Assad government and radical Islamists.

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26 March 2014
Reuters
Syrias brave live outside cramped Turkish refugee camps by Dasha Afanasieva

Turned away three times since fleeing the bombardment of Syria's second city Aleppo in January, mother of eight Faten Darwish has given up on getting her family into a refugee camp in southeast Turkey.

Instead, the 33-year old lives with her husband and children in a dingy storage space made of breeze blocks with thin dirty mattresses lining the floor and just a single tap to wash from. Some of her young children shower at communal baths, she said.

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20 March 2014
CNN
Rebel academics set up University to save Syria's 'lost generation' by Daisy Carrington

To some, it may seem like access to higher education is hardly a priority for the 2.5 million refugees that have fled Syria since the conflict started three years ago. To Al-Jamal and his fellow academics, however, it is a seminal component in one day rebuilding a broken country.

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13 March 2014
Times Higher Education
Under fire: bearing witness to assaults on the academy by Matthew Reisz

From abduction and arbitrary arrest to assassination: report offers the most comprehensive picture to date of the sheer scale of assaults inflicted on universities, their students and staff around the world.

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08 March 2014
Al- Fanar Media
Medical Students Get an Education Treating Syrian Refugees by Emma Gatten

The school has become a medical clinic for the day. Staffed by residents from the American University of Beirut Medical Center, the young doctors are performing check ups on 70 children this morning. The camp holds 280 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. The children are among the one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the clinic offers a chance for them to get medical care and for the residents to get valuable primary-care experience.

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29 January 2014
The Guardian
Where are the Syrian refugees going? by Mona Chalabi

At the time of writing, the number of Syrian refugees stands at 2,386,087 - more than double the entire population of Cyprus.

The crisis is so severe that last year, the United Nations launched thebiggest appeal in its 69-year history. But the response so far has not matched the scale or nature of the crisis. 

Last year, the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) published a document emphasising that states need to provide more than "financial, economic, and technical support".

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07 January 2014
Al Monitor
Syrian Education a Casualty of War by Haytham Mouzahem

Prior to the political/military crisis that began March 15, 2011, Syria was known for its advancements in the field of education — at the primary, secondary and university levels — with primary school enrollment rates reaching 97%. According to a UNICEF study released in December 2013, education in Syria has sharply declined over the past three years. Nearly 3 million children have been forced to quit their studies, as the war has destroyed their classrooms and many families were forced to flee the country.

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24 December 2013
Scholars at Risk
Syrian Universities in the Uprising by Dr Radwan Ziadeh

Two years after the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, it is clear that the struggle for democracy and freedom has devolved into an armed conflict with no end in sight. Just as a stalemate seems to prevail in Syrian streets, so too is there a stalemate on university campuses across the country.

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16 December 2013
The Telegraph
Syria: UN makes record appeal by Ruth Sherlock

The United Nations has launched its biggest ever global appeal for funds for a single crisis, with $6.5 billion (£4 billion) sought for 16 million people in Syria and neighbouring countries.

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13 December 2013
UN News Centre
Syria: UN human rights chief alarmed by rise in abductions, disappearances

Syrians continue to fall victim to a callous indifference towards human life and disregard for safety, exemplified by the increasing trend of abductions and enforced disappearances, the United Nations human rights chief warned today.

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08 December 2013
Counter Punch
The Empty Classrooms of Qalamoun by BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ

I note the enchanting name with a sense of unwanted privilege knowing how, not so long ago, this was a place of pride, promise and enterprise. Barely an hour’s drive from Damascus, a new university named for nearby Mount Al-Qalamoun was home to 6,000 students and pursuing affiliations with centers of education around the world. 

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24 November 2013
Al Jazeera
Sweden's refugee policy sets high standard by Yermi Brenner

As Syria's war continues with no end in sight, a Nordic country located more than 3,000 kilometres from Damascus has taken a lead role in offering Syrian refugees a chance to resettle.

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19 November 2013
BBC News
Syrians find home-from-home in Istanbul by Lina Sinjab

When the famous Syrian actress Azza al-Bahra fled her home, she had no idea she would be starting a new life in Istanbul. Like many Syrian refugees, she thought she would be returning after a few months abroad.

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11 November 2013
The Guardian
Syrian opposition and government sign up for conditional Geneva peace talks by Associated Press

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group says it intends to join peace talks with the Syrian government, if conditions are met.

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10 November 2013
The Daily Mail
Syrian Air Force killed dozens of children with 'napalm' bomb as they prepared for their exams.

The Syrian air force killed dozens of children at a school when they dropped a 'napalm-like' bomb, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

It was one of 56 incendiary weapon attacks carried out by President Bashir Assad's air force between November 2012 and September this year, the organisation said.

It claims that 41 civilians were killed in the attacks and 71 wounded.

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01 November 2013
University World News
Syria: The devastation of conflict for students and scholars by Matt Krupnick

A year ago, Tony Law was studying computer science at his Syrian university – without internet service and while violence raged across his country.

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01 November 2013
University World News
The devastation of conflict for students and scholars by Matt Krupnick

 

A year ago, Tony Law was studying computer science at his Syrian university – without internet service and while violence raged across his country.

Now Law and most other Syrian students have fled the country’s once-respected universities, a reality that is likely to stunt the country’s recovery when the conflict ends. Those who have stayed are either fighting or doing what they can to survive, he told University World News.


 

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21 October 2013
UNHCR
UNHCR highlights dangers facing Syrians in transit, urges countries to keep borders open by News Stories

With growing numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe, the UN Refugee Agency said on Friday it is concerned about severe difficulties these displaced people face during their passage and at borders.

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18 October 2013
CNN
Syria chemical weapons teams show how science can boost peace by Dirk Jan van den Berg

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on October 11 to The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal.

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15 October 2013
University World News
Ideas and support to save higher education in Syria by Mark Angelson and Allan Goodman

Education is the orphan of any war. This is particularly true in Syria, where brutal violence has spilled over onto university campuses, with tragic bombings this year at the University of Aleppo and the University of Damascus.

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15 October 2013
University World News
Ideas and support to save higher education in Syria by Mark Angelson and Allan Goodman

Education is the orphan of any war. This is particularly true in Syria, where brutal violence has spilled over onto university campuses, with tragic bombings this year at the University of Aleppo and the University of Damascus.

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14 October 2013
Nature
We must preserve Syria’s scientific assets by Michele Catanzaro

Scientist Amal Alachkar talks to Nature about the effects of the civil war on researchers in her home country.

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08 October 2013
Syria Deeply
A Syrian Scholar in Exile by Amal Alachkar

As the international community watches to see what steps world leaders will take to address the recent atrocities in Syria, there is something that the education community can do to help invest in the country’s future.

Education is the cornerstone of participatory democracy. It empowers citizens to lead their societies, engage in robust policy debate, and challenge their governments in constructive dissent. For my students and fellow faculty at the University of California-Irvine, where I am a visiting researcher, this is a given. For dictators like President Bashar al-Assad, this is a threat.

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08 October 2013
Al-Fanar
Some Academics Want to “Get Off the Sidelines” to Help Syrians by Tina Kelley

”Education is the orphan of every war,” said Henry Jarecki, a founder of the Scholar Rescue Fund. In a panel discussion at the New School, academics discussed the international community’s efforts to protect the world’s latest orphans, Syrian students and professors, decimated during the Syrian conflict.

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01 October 2013
Human Rights Watch
Syria: Fuel-Air Bombs Strike School

A Syrian government airstrike using fuel-air explosive bombs hit outside a secondary school in the opposition-held city of Raqqa on September 29, 2013, killing at least 14 civilians. At least 12 of those killed were students attending their first day of classes.

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28 September 2013
University World News
Academic rescue scheme for Syrian students expands by Peta Lee

A vital lifeline has been extended to Syrian students, who have been offered around 600 placements at universities worldwide.

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28 September 2013
University World News
Academic rescue scheme for Syrian students expands by Peta Lee

A vital lifeline has been extended to displaced Syrian students around the world, including more than 600 scholarships for university study.

At last week’s 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, the Institute of International Education, or IIE, announced an expanded CGI commitment to action through collaboration with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and other partners to raise US$7 million in support. 

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18 September 2013
Al-Fanar
Easing the Syrian Conflict’s Toll on Higher Education by Rami Zaatari

The ongoing crisis and violence in Syria over the past 20 months has had a very harmful effect on education. After outlining the damage, I have some recommendations on what both Syrian and international organizations might be able to do to help Syrian higher education.

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17 September 2013
Research Fortnight Magazine
UK universities open doors to Syrian academics by Penny Sarchet

Universities in the UK are offering support for Syrian researchers by welcoming refugee academics and waivingfees for students stranded in the UK.

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09 September 2013
UNICEF
Malala Skype call with Syrian girls highlights education emergency by Max MacBride

Syrian children and young people 'dealing with an education emergency within a spiralling humanitarian crisis'

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03 September 2013
BBC News
Syria crisis: UN says more than 2m have fled

More than two million Syrians are now registered as refugees, after the total went up by a million in the last six months, the UN's refugee agency says.

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03 September 2013
UNHCR
Two million Syrians are refugees

Today, the number of Syrian refugees passed the threshold of two million, and with no sign of this tragic outflow ending. The war is now well into its third year and Syria is haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs.

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02 September 2013
The Daily Beast
A Dark Future for Syria's Children by Anna Therese Day

Aleppo University struggles to keep its doors open amid spiralling violence in Syria.

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01 September 2013
Waco Tribune
Syrian students find relief from civil war in music studies by Regina Dennis

Syrian students fleeing violence at home have thrown themselves into music studies at a community college in the US, earning scholarships to continue their studies.

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30 August 2013
The Guardian
Syrian refugees in Iraq risking lives to return home amid funding shortfall by Rebecca Gang

Tens of thousands forced to choose between dire living conditions or perilous return home as lack of investment bites

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27 August 2013
Arab News
Program to admit Syrian students into KSA universities

A special programme has been launched to enroll students from Syria at Saudi universities as a humanitarian gesture.

Official approval has been granted to Syrian students who cannot continue their university education due to the worsening situation in their country. 

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23 August 2013
Huffington Post
Syria's Children: A Lost Generations by Laura Padoan

Despite efforts to retain a sense of normality for Syria's 1 million child refugees, significant gaps in education funding mean that for many, attending school in their country of refuge is an impossibility.

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20 August 2013
The Independent
Flood of Syrian Kurds flows over border into Iraq as battle rages for control of oil wells by Patrick Cockburn

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled into Iraq in the last five days as fierce fighting between heavily armed Kurdish groups and -Qa’ida-linked militias rages for control of oil wells. UN officials report “a river of people” crossing the Tigris river by pontoon bridge from Syria into the Kurdish autonomous area in northern Iraq.

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08 August 2013
IRIN News
No school today - Why Syrian refugee children miss out on education by Wadi Khaled

Of the 33,871 refugees registered in the country by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 51 percent are under the age of 18, and the majority of children face problems accessing education. 

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24 July 2013
The Guardian
Syria's exodus: a refugee crisis for the world by Martin Chulov and Mark Roce-Oxley

Western countries including the US and Britain may be asked to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees because the exodus from the civil war is overwhelming countries in the region, the UN's refugee chief has warned.

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16 July 2013
BBC News
UN says Syria refugee crisis worst since Rwanda

The conflict in Syria has caused the world's worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with an average of 6,000 people fleeing every day in 2013, the UN says.

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11 July 2013
Al-Monitor
Syrian Conflict Keeps University Students at Home by Andrea Glioti

A report from Amuda, in northeast Syria, where students have been forced to abandon their studies due to the war.

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05 July 2013
Chicago Tribune
Preserving Syria's intellectual capital by Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson

As Syrian university labs and classrooms are being bombed, and students and professors killed, kidnapped and imprisoned, the international community has a singular chance to affect the future of the Syrian national academy and a moral imperative to do so.

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05 July 2013
Chicago Tribune
Preserving Syria's intellectual capital by Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson

With the death toll in Syria passing 100,000, the country's bloody conflict has been much in the news. But as Syrian university labs and classrooms are being bombed, and students and professors killed, kidnapped and imprisoned, the international community has a singular chance to affect the future of the Syrian national academy and a moral imperative to do so.

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01 July 2013
Telegraph
Syria's Neighbours Leaving Thousands of Refugees Stranded

Syria's neighbours have closed or tightened restrictions at several border crossings, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded within Syria's dangerous frontier regions, according to Human Rights Watch.

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14 June 2013
Middle East Monitor
As the violence in Syria continues, increasing numbers of academics seek refuge in the UK by Amelia Smith

Whilst thousands of Syrians have escaped this destruction and fled across the border to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, some are currently living in exile in the UK.

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13 June 2013
The Independent
93,000 killed in Syrian civil war since March 2011, says UN by Rob Williams

Navi Pillay, of the UN human rights office, said that 92,901 people were killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2013.

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11 June 2013
IRIN News
Analysis: Hard choices: When the Syria aid response runs out of money by Heba Aly

In a spacious office in Jordan’s general security building, a career diplomat, now the Jordanian government focal point for Syrian refugees, runs off a list of expenses: water tank vehicles, additional classrooms, hospital equipment, even insecticides. 

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07 June 2013
The Guardian
Syria appeal is biggest in UN history by Mark Tran

The UN has launched the largest emergency appeal in its history – $5bn (£3.2bn) – as it warned that half the population will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year.

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31 May 2013
Financial Times
Syrian academics seek refuge at UK universities by Helen Warrell

Syrian academics seeking a haven from clashes between anti-government fighters and the Assad regime are urgently seeking posts at British universities with the help of a UK charity.

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29 April 2013
BBC News
Syria crisis: PM Halaqi 'survives Damascus car bombing'

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi has survived a car bomb attack in the capital, Damascus, reports say.

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28 March 2013
Reuters
Mortar kills 15 at Damascus University, Syria says by Oliver Holmes and Hamdi Istanbullu

Fifteen Syrian students were killed when rebel mortar shells hit a Damascus University canteen on Thursday, state-run news agency SANA said, as attacks intensified in the center of the capital.

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28 March 2013
BBC News
Syria crisis: University of Damascus hit by mortars

Mortar fire has hit the University of Damascus, killing 15 students, Syrian state media say.

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26 March 2013
IRIN
Syria’s brain drain – another twist to the country’s crisis

The exodus of educated and skilled Syrians is increasingly depleting the country’s workforce and the quality of its health services, already strained by two years of conflict. 

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14 March 2013
Times Higher Education
Refugee academic seeks safety and financial support by David Matthews

David Matthews meets a Syrian doctoral student at a UK university who is struggling to secure her future

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04 March 2013
The Guardian
Defer fees for Syrian students, universities told by Peter Walker

Vince Cable and David Willetts write to Universities UK calling on vice-chancellors to help Syrian students.

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04 March 2013
The Telegraph
Syrian students 'should study at UK universities for free' by Graeme Paton

British universities should consider waiving tuition fees for hundreds of Syrian students to enable them to complete their courses, the Government has said.

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08 February 2013
BBC News
Syrian students face fees crisis by Michael Buchanan

The conflict in Syria along with international sanctions has meant that many Syrian students have been unable to access their money and are now struggling to make ends meet.

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28 January 2013
The National
Syrian students in UK face expulsion after funding stops by Omar Karmi

British universities and the government have been urged to help more than 600 Syrian students in the UK who face expulsion after the crisis in Syria dried up their scholarship funding.

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25 January 2013
The Guardian
We are doing all we can for Syrian students

We are concerned at the media reports alleging Syrian students are being expelled by their UK universities to face imminent deportation and death, because they can no longer pay their fees (Syrian students in UK 'facing deportation' as funds dry up, 21 January).

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22 January 2013
BBC News
Syrian students face fees crisis by Helier Cheung

While most university students are preparing for their final examinations, many Syrian students in the UK are preoccupied with the dangers facing their families in Syria - and what could face them if they lose the right to study in the UK.

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16 January 2013
The National
Death toll rises to at least 82 in Aleppo University bombings by Phil Sands

Bombings at Aleppo University killed and injured dozens of people yesterday, a day after a senior Syrian government official said that the president, Bashar Al Assad, would stand in presidential elections next year.

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16 January 2013
The Guardian
Aleppo university blasts kill at least 82 by Reuters

Two explosions tore through one of Syria's biggest universities on the first day of student exams on Tuesday, killing at least 82 people and wounding 162, Syria's UN envoy told the UN security council.

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16 January 2013
Reuters Alertnet
Syrian army on offensive in Aleppo after university blast by Reuters

Syrian armed forces launched a renewed offensive in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, state media said, a day after 87 people were killed in explosions at the city's university.

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15 January 2013
New York Times
Dozens Killed as Explosions Hit Syrian University by Hwaida Saad and Rick Gladstone

At least two deadly explosions, possibly caused by airstrikes or bombs, devastated the campus of Aleppo University in Syria on Tuesday as students were taking exams, a major escalation of the violent struggle for control of the country’s largest city.

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15 January 2013
Guardian
Footage appears to show Aleppo university bombing - video by Reuters

Amateur footage, which cannot be independently verified, appears to show the bombing of Aleppo university in Syria.

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15 January 2013
BBC News
Syria crisis: Dozens killed by Aleppo university blasts

More than 80 people have been killed by two blasts in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, activists and officials say.

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14 January 2013
Al Jazeera
Arabic News

CARA Executive Director Stephen Wordsworth commented on the position of Syrian students and researchers in the daily half-hour long update on Syrian news.  No available link.

08 January 2013
Mail and Guardian
Safety first for Syria's teachers and pupils by SAPA

Teachers are doing what they can to find safe places to ensure children continue to get the education they need in conflict ridden Syria.

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06 January 2013
Times Higher Education
Cara calls for urgent support for Syrian academics by David Matthews

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara) has called for urgent support to be given to Syrian academics and students caught up in the country's civil war.

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21 December 2012
Guardian Higher Education Network
Syrian academics: crisis at Christmas

Syrian academics studying abroad have been stranded with no funding nor any way home – one PhD student tells his story

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21 November 2012
UNHCR
Syria Situation, Weekly Update No. 27

An overview of the current situation in Syria. Includes; Overview, Statistics, Sector Updates, Syrian Refugees/Iraqi Returnees, Coordination.

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29 October 2012
BBC News
Iraqi refugees flee Syrian conflict to return home by Caroline Hawley

During the height of Iraq's civil war, neighbouring Syria was a sanctuary for Iraqis but as the Syrian conflict has intensified Iraqi refugees have again been forced to flee, back to their homeland.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi families have made the journey back to a country that is still not safe. Dozens of civilians have died in bomb attacks this week alone.

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11 October 2012
Times Higher Education
Call to Waive Fees for Syrians in the UK by David Matthews

UK universities are being urged to waive the tuition fees of Syrian doctoral students who have had their funding from the Damascus government cut off.

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09 October 2012
University World News
Academics facing death for their ideas by Brendan O’Malley

Professors and students are being singled out for assassination, according to a leading scholar in the Syrian opposition movement who last week addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva. "We have fears for scholars on the ground. More than 10 professors have been killed, mostly at Homs, in the past two weeks," said Radwan Ziadeh, a visiting scholar at the Dubai Initiative in the Kennedy School, Harvard. "The situation is escalating and we expect more killings."

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05 October 2012
Epoch Times
Syrian Exchange Students in the UK Face Impossible Choice by Aron Lamm

In the United Kingdom, Syrian exchange students are faced with an impossible situation as their funding has been suddenly cut off. Now they must quit their studies prematurely and either return to a country at war, or apply for asylum in a country they never intended to stay in.

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28 September 2012
University World News
Higher education mounts rescue efforts for Syrian students, scholars by Eileen Travers

As the 18-month conflict in Syria escalates, a growing number of higher education organisations are mounting efforts to extend scholarships and aid to students and academics who are suffering, especially those in the worst-hit areas.

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25 September 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education
International Support Mobilizes for Syrian Academics Caught in Civil War by Aisha Labi

The worsening civil strife in Syria is taking a heavy toll on academics, prompting a scramble by international organizations to help.

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20 September 2012
European Union
EU Erasmus Mundus scholarships for Syrian students

The Delegation of the European Union in Damascus announces that the Erasmus Mundus programme of scholarships for study in a European university is extended to all Syrian students, particularly those in vulnerable situations, either inside or outside Syria. 

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07 August 2012
The Jordan Times
More than 22,000 Iraqis flee Syria - UN

BAGHDAD — At least 22,300 Iraqis who fled to Syria several years ago have streamed home in the past three weeks, UN officials in Baghdad said Tuesday, preparing for more refugees fleeing the escalating Syrian civil war.

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24 July 2012
UN News Centre
Violence in Syria forces more than 10,000 Iraqi refugees to leave country – UN

Violence and threats have forced more than 10,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria to flee the country over the past week, the United Nations refugee agency said today, with the majority returning to their home country in spite of security concerns.

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21 July 2012
Los Angeles Times
A sequel to a nightmare for Iraqi refugees living in Syria

Tens of thousands of Iraqis fled to Syria during the brutal sectarian war that followed the U.S.-led ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Syria beckoned as a haven of religious tolerance, especially for many Shiite Muslims and Christians targeted by Sunni extremists in Iraq.

Now many Iraqis are returning, home fearing an ugly replay in Syria where, as in Iraq, they worry that the fall of a secular autocrat, Bashar Assad, may give rise to a Sunni Islamist wave of religious intolerance.

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20 July 2012
BBC News, Baghdad
Syria crisis: Iraqis flee 'sectarian violence' in Damascus by Rami Ruhayem

In the late evening, a busload of Iraqis arrived in Baghdad after a 12-hour journey across the desert.

With a mixture of anger and resignation, they said that they had been forced to leave their homes near Damascus by armed opposition groups.

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18 May 2012
The Guardian
'Heroes of Aleppo university' protests

Protests have been taking place in Syria under the slogan "Heroes of Aleppo University" – in solidarity with students who have demonstrated despite brutal repression.

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07 May 2012
New York Times
Students Are Assailed at a Protest in Syria by Hwaida Saad & Rick Gladstone

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the presence of United Nations monitors, hundreds of students converged on the campus of the leading university in Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, on Thursday for an antigovernment protest that was set upon by pro-government students and security forces.

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03 May 2012
Reuters
Pro-Assad gun, knife attack kills 4 -protesters by Erika Solomon

(Reuters) - Syrian security men and students wielding knives attacked a protest march at Aleppo University on Thursday, activists said, killing four and rounding up dozens of demonstrators who were demanding President Bashar al-Assad step down.

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03 May 2012
BBC News
Syrian students 'killed at Aleppo protest'

At least four people have been killed as security forces and militiamen raided student accommodation in Syria's second city, Aleppo, activists say.

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17 October 2011
Association of University Councils (Turkey)
We Protest Assassinations of Academics in Syria

We regret to learn that approximately 10 academics were murdered in Syria within the last one and a half month. Academics, mostly the Alevites, were shot to death on the street by radical Islamist groups. The assassinations are escalating each day; Professor Muhammad Omar was shot on October 2. Dr. Hasan Eyd, Chief of the Department of Chest Surgery in Humus State Hospital, and Muhammad Ali Akil, Vice Dean of the University of El Baas in Humus, were also among those shot to death.

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03 October 2011
AlJazeera
A conversation with Grand Mufti Hassoun by Nir rosen

Grand Mufti Hassoun, whose 22-year-old son was recently assassinated in Syria, is a supporter of Bashar al-Assad.

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03 October 2011
Xinhua News Service
Academics' assassinations in Syria raise concern over brain drain by Hummam Sheikh Ali

Recent assassinations of Syrian academics stoke fears among Syrians over the bleak future of the country's brain drain, a matter reminiscent of the migration of professors and academics from Iraq following the collapse of the Iraqi regime.

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03 October 2011
Al Arabiya news
Is Syria heading towards civil war? by Mustapha Ajbaili

The latest series of assassinations in Syria, including the recent murder of the son of the grand mufti, reveals a muddled and complex picture of the state of the uprising in the country. The killings could lead Syria spiraling down the path of a bloody civil war, with sectarian vendettas likely to characterize the next chapter of the revolution.

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01 October 2011
New York Times
Key Syrian City Takes On the Tone of a Civil War by Anthony Shadid

HOMS, Syria — The semblance of a civil war has erupted in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, where armed protesters now call themselves revolutionaries, gun battles erupt as often as every few hours, security forces and opponents carry out assassinations, and rifles costing as much as $2,000 apiece flood the city from abroad, residents say.

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28 September 2011
Associated Press
Nuclear engineer assassinated in central Syria by Zeina Karam

A Syrian nuclear engineer was assassinated in a hail of bullets in central Syria Wednesday, the latest casualty in a string of murders targeting academics and scientists, Syria's state-run news agency and activists said.

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28 September 2011
Huffington Post
Syria: Aws Khalil Is Fourth Academic Assassinated Within Week by Zeina Karam

A Syrian nuclear engineer was assassinated in a hail of bullets in central Syria Wednesday, the latest casualty in a string of murders this week of academics and scientists, Syria's state-run news agency and activists said.

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