The war in Syria has created an academic crisis, as thousands of students are no longer able to continue their studies. Although none of the universities in Syria have officially closed their doors, most students are unable to attend classes because it is simply too dangerous. As a result, thousands of students have fled the country and many undergraduate and graduate students are unable to complete their degrees. For the millions of Syrian youth whose hopes, dreams and in many cases safety have been shattered by the situation around them, an investment in education will help in securing a promising future for them.
From September 2012, 26 students from Syria have begun their journey at Illinois Institute of Technology with the help of a Syrian expatriate NGO called Jusoor (Bridges in Arabic). This year the students have excelled in every aspect of university life, from wining awards at academic competitions to securing summer internships at Goldman Sachs to being accepted into an undergraduate summer research program to earning 4.0 GPA’s to volunteering at TedX IITand much more! You can read more about their journey on their student blog. However, without further funding from the international community they will not be able to continue their studies in September.
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