22 SES 14 B, Migrants, Refugees and Global Challenges in Higher Education
This presentation will discuss how HE institutions in the Arab World deals with the challenges of the Syrian refugee’s students access to HE, especially in the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. There are numbers of researches which deals with the refugee students from Syria in different universities in the world (Ergin, 2016; Fricke, 2016; Avery & Said, 2017; Yavcan & El-Ghali, 2017) but little researches in Arab universities in the Arab world (Watenpaugh et al., 2013Al-Hawamdeh & El-Ghali, 2017). It aims to indicate main approaches, models and trends of dealing with these challenges in Jordanian universities in the last years, and to examine the main hindrances of access to HE in Jordan as a case study which reflects the situation in other Arab World facing Syrian refugee students. The presentation is based on a meta-analysis of published papers and other official documents, and on analysis of relevant research studies. Jordan is hosting a large of Syrian refugee population. In 2016 the number of Syrian refugees reached about 656,400. The majority of the Jordanian support is in the field of education which has targeted the age group 6-18, but the age group 18-25 has mostly been excluded “the lost generation”. Compared with challenges faced by refugee students in HE systems in Western world (language competency, adjustment to cultural norms and values, and identification) this presentation will deal with the Syrian students who faced with various challenges, since they living and studying in Arab Jordanian universities, along with cultural and historical ties and language similarities and with an open border, but most likely challenges due to Jordan’s financial difficulties. The government’s attempts to revise clear and effective policies to accommodate for the influx of Syrian refugee students to the HE sector are limited. Policy favouring re-examination of equitable access of refugees students to HE institutions in Jordan are discussed, especially for improving access and success of both genders in their studies and integration.
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