Press release signed by HOPES: Signing the Operational Alliance Agreement for the Higher Education English Access Programme between Arab Open University and the British Council.
As part of HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) – a project funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’ and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), British Council, Campus France and Nuffic – an Operational Alliance Agreement was signed on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 12 :00 pm at Arab Open University between Mr. Harry Haynes, the Regional Programme Manager and Professor Mohammad Abu Qudais, Director of Arab Open University.
This agreement aims at facilitating the collaboration between HOPES and the Arab Open University to deliver Higher Education English Access Programme (HEEAP) courses to Syrian and Jordanian students. These courses fall under the HEEAP programme and seek to provide university-based English and study skills courses for Syrians that will enable them to improve their English and increase their ability to access higher education institutions in their host countries. 4,000 individual students will be benefiting from the HEEAP programme throughout HOPES life-span.
HOPES is a direct reaction to the Syrian crisis with the objective of empowering young people from Syria to build their own career paths by directly addressing their education needs. It seeks to improve the situation of Syrian refugees of post-secondary age as well as local young people in host communities affected by the high influx of refugees. The portfolio includes academic counselling to up to 42,000 young Syrians as well as the provision of language courses to 4, 000 of them, more than 300 full academic scholarships and higher education short courses for more than 3,500 student refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.