The EU-funded HOPES project awarded today 144 Syrian and Lebanese students with a scholarship for Bachelor and Master studies for the academic years 2017-2018 in collaboration with the Lebanese University. The award ceremony, which was organised in collaboration with the Lebanese University, was attended by EU Ambassador Christina Lassen, the President of the Lebanese University, Professor Fouad Ayoub, and HOPES Project Director, Dr Carsten Walbiner.
HOPES is a €12 million project funded by the European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, ‘the Madad Fund’ and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic. It provides access to higher education opportunities for refugees from Syria as well as young people in the host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. HOPES activities include full academic scholarships at Bachelor and Master level, English courses, academic counselling and support funding for innovative short-term education projects.
In his welcome speech, Professor Ayoub said: “The provision of Education is no less important than the provision of decent living necessities; education strengthens humans and protects them from need and demand. Providing educational assistance is the most important priority and investment, because it is linked to the future.” He added: “Since the mission of the Lebanese University is to spread knowledge and education and provide as many students as possible with knowledge in all disciplines, it was necessary to cooperate with supporting institutions in particular the HOPES project”.
Ambassador Lassen said: "Today is a day of special celebration. We are here to celebrate commitment and achievement: 144 Bachelor and Master students - Syrians and Lebanese - enrolled at the Lebanese University, will be awarded a scholarship for the academic year 2017-2018 through the EU-funded HOPES project."
Dr. Carsten Walbiner stated: “What we are going to do today fills us with enormous joy and pride. 144 young men and women, Syrian and Lebanese, will receive their scholarship certificates. This deserves greatest respect and admiration, especially as our scholarship holders are unfortunately all living momentarily in difficult circumstances, being either refugees from Syria or coming from Lebanese families in difficult material conditions."
“The Scholarships provided by the HOPES project is of great importance to the youth of Syria. We wouldn’t have been able to pursue our studies without these grants and our future would have been different if they didn’t believe in our capacities”, said Mohammad Jommaa, one of the HOPES student representatives who was granted a HOPES scholarship. Lebanese student Silva Silva, who was awarded the HOPES scholarship for 2017-2018, also said: "In light of the difficult situation in Lebanon, I have encountered problems and great fear that I will not be able to complete my studies, but thanks to HOPES, you have given me hope again."
The European Union's ‘Madad Fund’ addresses socio-economic, educational, health, sanitary and psycho-social needs of Syrian refugees, host communities and their administrations, and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. To date, the EU ‘Madad Fund’ has committed some 290 million euros for assistance to Lebanon.
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