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Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future

Pherali, T and Millican, J (Eds). (2020) Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future. [Whole issue]. Education and Conflict Review , 3 Green open access

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Abstract

This special issue of Education and Conflict Review (ECR) looks at the impact of the conflict on the universities in Syria; argues for the importance of supporting them; and evidences some of the contributions its academics are able to make despite the ongoing violent conflict. Featuring mainly the works by Syrian academics in exile, several articles share the results of research studies supported by Cara (Council for at-Risk Academics). As an international organisation that has served academics who have been persecuted by authoritarian regimes or forcibly displaced into exile to avoid risks to them and their families since 1933, Cara’s Syria programme is a core part of its current work. ECR’s partnership with Cara stems from our ethical and moral obligation to extend solidarity and support fellow academics who have been exiled due to violent conflict or fear of political persecution by the Syrian regime. It is an attempt to provide an academic space where Syrian colleagues are able to disseminate their work and continue engaging in academic activities. This issue of ECR also exemplifies the importance of academic collaboration between colleagues who are based in Northern universities and have supported the Cara programme, some writing jointly with Syrian colleagues; peer reviewing the papers; and others reflecting on learning from these collaborations. Many of the eleven articles included in this volume cover work from research sites within Syria that would be almost impossible to reach without strong internal support networks. All the papers have higher education as the major theme, but some also explore other domains of Syrian society that are linked with higher education teaching and research and the possibility of a post-war future.

Type: Journal (full / special issue)
Title: Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Syria, higher education, displacement, academics, exile
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10108657
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