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Forum Newsletter: Protecting Academic Freedom and Higher Education Academies in Crisis

By Danielle Alperin and Victoria Sanford

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) quarterly newsletter Forum featured an article on IIE-SRF, discussing the program's history and its global impact. IIE-SRF has supported scholars from Latin American countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. The article offers the perspective of various stakeholders within IIE-SRF, offering a view of the threats many scholars face, and the value added to host institutions through scholars sharing their knowledge.

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Forum Magazine: Internationalization in a Conflicted World

By Maija Airas and James R. King

The Syrian and Iraqi higher education sectors and the lives of their researchers and students have been upended due to conflict and war. In oppressive regimes, the academic pursuit of knowledge is commonly seen as a threat. These at-risk individuals often have a lot to contribute to human intellectual advancement. In Finland, among much discussion on the issue of refugees, a novel partnership is connecting some of these individuals to higher education institutions that can host them.

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Syrian Academics in Exile

By Ed. Paul O'Keeffe and Zsuzsanna Pásztor

New Research Voices (NRV) is a community platform for researchers to share their work, opinions, and ideas with other researchers from around the globe. In this issue, which features an interview with IIE-SRF's Assistant Director James King, articles by several IIE-SRF Syrian fellows explore what it means to be academics in exile and share the research that they hope to continue now that they have reached safe havens. 

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Researchers in Exile

By Ed. Paul O'Keeffe and Zsuzsanna Pásztor

New Research Voices (NRV) is a community platform for researchers to share their work, opinions, and ideas with other researchers from around the globe. In this inaugural issue, NRV features contributors who “have all faced persecution for their work and have sought sanctuary at universities overseas where they continue, despite the many obstacles they have faced, to strive for a better world through their academic endeavors.” Including articles by IIE-SRF fellows from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Syria, the issue explores academic freedom in sites of oppression and the ordeals faced by scholars violently driven out of their native countries.

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Workshop Report: Strengthening Delivery of Higher Education to Syrian Refugees

Al-Fanar Media in partnership with the Institute of International Education and the Dutch NGO SPARK hosted a workshop to address the needs of University-age Syrian refugees. The workshop, "Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees," took place in Istanbul, Turkey on October 6 and 7, 2015. The event brought together stakeholders from regional and international governments, UN bodies, local and international NGOs, universities, and Syrian students and professors, to share best practices and enhance coordination amongst initiatives that are supporting Syrian access to higher education. 

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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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The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon

By Keith Watenpaugh, Adrienne Fricke, and James King

In this report, IIE and the University of California, Davis explore the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Lebanon. The overwhelming majority of Syrian university-age students in Lebanon, especially Syrian young women, are not continuing any form of higher education or advanced training; in addition, many are facing continued security concerns, as well as popular and official discrimination. The report recommends that the international community "begin to shift the cost of connecting Syrian university students with educational opportunities in contiguous host states." It identifies:

  • Barriers Syrians face in accessing higher education in Lebanon
  • Existing programs and support models that are effective
  • Recommendations for increasing Syrians' access to Lebanese universities
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IIE and Partners lead Higher Education Response to Syria Crisis

As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, the Institute of International Education and its partners around the world announce news and results related to the work of the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. The Consortium provides emergency support to Syrian university students and professors, as they will be so urgently needed to help rebuild Syria.

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Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack

This study examines the relationship between institutional autonomy and the security of higher education institutions from violent and coersive attacks. The paper includes a review of the limited literature available, as well as a series of examples illustrating different forms of attacks. 

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Education Under Attack 2014

By Mark Richmond

A global study of threats or deliberate use of force against students, teachers, academics, education trade union members and government officials, aid workers and other education staff, and against schools, universities and other education institutions, carried out for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic or religious reasons in 2009-2013.

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