The Jamiya Project is currently piloting two 12 week blended (online and in-person tuition) ‘Small Private Online Courses’ (SPOCs, not MOOCs) in Applied IT and Global Studies, delivered in Arabic and certified by University of Gothenburg. These are being delivered in collaboration with a small team of Syrian academics and NGOs in the field - Norwegian Refugee Council and Jesuit Refugee Service, both in Jordan.

By making use of existing courses, learning infrastructure and technology, the pilot tests a model that makes use of the skills of refugee communities leading creation and delivery of new higher education solutions. 


The Jamiya Project is collaborating with Empower Hack to build a prototype of the Jamiya VocApp: a mobile and web application to assist students Syrian starting courses in Europe in a second language (English, German and French) with learning relevant academic technical vocabulary through a peer-to-peer micro-learning platform. The platform will provide contextualised translation of terms Arabic<>English/German/French, online support from Syrian peers and Syrian academics, and an intuitive learning software to help speed students' transition into a new course in an unfamiliar language.


Pilot Evaluation

One of the reasons for running a small pilot was to learn quickly, adapt our model and fully meet the needs of Syrian students. During February 2017, the Jamiya Project commissioned Leon Cremonini to conduct an independent evaluation of our pilot courses in Applied ITrun in partnership with the University of Gothenburg in Za'atari and Amman in Applied IT. You can find the final report and appendices here.


Jamiya Project Survey: Syrian refugee higher education needs (Nov 15 - Feb 16)

We wanted to better understand the higher education challenges facing Syrian refugees, so we created an open online form for Syrians to fill in. It was posted online for a few months from November - February and received over 800 results! This has been extremely useful in shaping our projects. For those interested in crunching the data themselves, we've opened up the raw results here. Have fun!


European Commission's Study to design intervention policy on Higher Education Access for Syrian refugees (Oct 14 - May 15)

Co-conducted by Malaz Safarjalani, the study was implemented by Proman LU for the benefit of the European Commission. The study explored the potential of higher education access for Syrian youth resulting in an action fiche for MADAD fund. The study explores possible solutions to tackle several hurdles facing Syrian refugees trying to access Higher Education in the Middle East.