The Jamiya Project's mission is to pursue new and improved education opportunities for asylum seekers, refugees and displaced communities.


That all asylum seekers, refugees, and displaced communities have access to the education they require to successfully integrate in new societies or contribute to the reconstruction of their own.



Ben is the Founder and Director of the Jamiya, covering coordination of the projects, business development, external partnerships and funding. He recently returned from Jordan working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on the Syria refugee crisis. He is part of the OuiShare UK network and has led workshops on using peer networks in humanitarian aid, as well as leading research peer-to-peer platforms for the UK Government. Prior to IOM, Ben worked at the UK Foreign Office, UK Trade & Investment, and Transparency International. Contact Ben



Malaz a Syrian development consultant, is responsible for leading research, student outreach and financial planning. He was one of the authors on the EU Commission’s 2015 report ‘Access to Higher Education for Syrian Refugees and Internal Displaced Persons’. He has an MA in European Economics and Business from the College of Europe in Bruges. Malaz co-founded the Farah Development initiative in Damascus and has worked on financial management in several Syrian enterprises. He has worked on a documentary called ‘The Syrian Spillover’ which focuses on hardships of Syrians in Turkey. Contact Malaz



Oula, a Computer Science and Applied Mathematics scholar, holds a visiting position at the School of Engineering and Business of the Canton of Vaud. She is Jamiya’s expert in online learning and educational technologies, leading the pedagogical design for Jamiya and the development of the Applied IT pilot course. She has significant experience of e-learning technologies, curriculum development, and education in emergencies, having spent 12 years at Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology in Damascus, as well as working for the University of Geneva, World Bank, UN ESCWA, the University of Damascus, and the Syrian Virtual University. Contact Oula



Miki holds a Masters degree (Ed.M.) in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Having studied and researched education in armed conflict and with professional experience in media and external relations coordination, she is currently supporting the writing and communications side of the Jamiya Project. Contact Miki



From April 2016 - April 2017 the Jamiya Project was incubated at the Alexandria Trust, who provide administrative support and a board structure. The Alexandria Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 07890583. Charity No. 1146025.

We are currently in the process of putting together a board for Jamiya and establishing as a standalone charity. If you think you'd be a great board member, we'd love to hear from you. We are looking for individuals with experience in financial management, refugee protection, pedagogical innovation, ed-tech, non-profit strategy and fundraising, and community driven design innovation.


What is the Jamiya Project?

The Jamiya Project's vision is that all Asylum seekers, refugees and conflict-affected communities have access to the education they require for rebuilding their communities after conflict and disaster or for success and integration in new societies.

We aim to pursue breakthroughs that improve education opportunities for refugees, asylum seekers and conflict-affected communities through research, collaboration and interventions.

Currently, the Jamiya Project is focussing on running several pilots and prototypes to test new ways of supporting and delivering higher education for Syrian refugees, asylum seekers and conflict-affected communities, and working with refugee academic communities.

I'm Syrian. How can I give you my views?

That's great! Click here to send us an email in either Arabic or English, whichever you prefer.

How can I get involved?

Send us an email telling us a bit about you and why you want to get involved.

Why can't Syrian refugees access higher education?

There is no one reason, but research indicates that Syrian refugees suffer from language barriers, prohibitive costs, restricted local admission systems, balance between work and study, uncertainty of the future, and a lack of documented qualifications.