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A Message from
HRH Princess Ghida Talal 

"The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is proud to host this ground-breaking conference. Jordan prides itself in providing a safe haven where threatened Iraqi scholars, who enrich academic and scientific progress, can continue their work in freedom and safety."

-- HRH Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan, member of the Advisory Board of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund

You can help


There are many ways you may contribute to the efforts of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund: 

Refer a threatened scholar in need.
Invite a scholar to your university. 
Donate to the Save a Scholar  Campaign.
Help us protect lives and voices around the world.

--Allan E. Goodman, IIE President & CEO

Iraq Scholar Rescue Project by the Numbers
Fellowship awards:    320
Scholar grantees:       222
Hosting universities: 104
Hosting countries:     15

Iraq Scholar Rescue Project in the News


Chronicle of Higher Education:
Iraqi Academics Come Together to Debate Future of Higher-Education in Iraq

Jordan Times:
Conference on Reconstruction of Higher Education in Iraq Concludes

Chronicle of Higher Education:
Exiled Iraqi Professors Lecture at Their Former Universities, From a Distance

Ohio University Compass:
Iraqi Professor to discuss Arab elections, environment

Harvard Gazette Online:
Unseen victims of war

Rebuilding Higher Education in Iraq

Pictured above: Dr. Henry Jarecki, Vice Chairman, IIE, and Chairman, Scholar Rescue Fund (middle) with SRF scholars from Iraq

Iraqi Scholars Debate Urgent Higher Education Needs

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund gathered nearly 200 Iraqi scholars, Iraqi public university presidents, ministers of higher education, international experts and key regional strategic partners in Jordan on January 26-28. Presentations by Iraqi professors on topics such as "Restoration of Order to Universities" and "A Leading Role for Universities on Gender" contributed to a lively and timely discussion on the future of higher education in Iraq.

SRF convened the event in collaboration with the Post-war Reconstruction Development Unit (PRDU) of the University of York. IIE Vice Chairman and SRF Chairman Dr. Henry Jarecki opened the conference, and HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal delivered the keynote address. IIE President & CEO Allan E. Goodman spoke on "Re-building the House of Wisdom" in Iraq, and HRH Prince Talal bin Muhammad provided the closing remarks for the conference.

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A Call to Action to Nations and Universities of the World

In an Op-Ed article in the Jordan Times, Dr. Henry Jarecki and HRH Princess Ghida Talal wrote:

"Unfortunately, scholar persecution - extreme, violent threats against academics who pay not only with their livelihoods but also with their lives for their devotion to knowledge and scholarship - is a global problem.

We call on the nations and universities of the world to take similar steps and take in large numbers of threatened scholars when needed, and essentially give them one of the most previous commodities in our increasingly dangerous, increasingly globalised world: safe haven."

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