Work with the Jamiya Project as an academic

A key part of the Jamiya Project is reconnecting Syrian academics to help open up higher education opportunities for Syrian refugee students. We are creating a cadre of Syrian and Arabic-speaking academics around the world to become part of our teaching and tutoring staff deliver online and blended courses in the Middle East.

Who we are looking for:

Syrian academics in exile and diaspora, who have trained either in Syria or overseas.

Other Arabic-speaking academics who wish to contribute


We are looking for a range of qualified academics, from PhD candidates to experienced Professors.


Subject areas:

Computer Science and Applied IT


Social Science (development studies focus desirable)

Teacher training

The roles of Jamiya Project academics:

Course development , Translation (or material sourcing), Online tuition, Online lecturing, In-person tuition


You can work with the Jamiya Project from anywhere in the world. We are particularly looking for academics based in the Middle East.


We anticipate academics will be remunerated for work done on the project.

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Syrian Refugees Seek to Complete Their Higher Education

Studying at a university in his home country of Syria made Amer Horani very proud.

But that was before the war in Syria forced him to leave his country.

Horani was the first in his family to attend a university. He began studying psychology at Damascus University in 2012. He dreamed of using his education to help others.

Then his friend, also a student, disappeared.

“The army came for him. I never saw him again,” Horani told VOA. The disappearance of his friend was one reason the 22-year-old chose to leave Syria. He left after completing only eight months of his studies.

Syrian refugee students attend an informational meeting at Zarqa University in Zarqa, Jordan in January. They seek to apply for the EU scholarships or learn more about the grants. The scholarships would enable them to study at a number of colleges, not ju

Horani and many other Syrians were forced to abandon higher education to become refugees.

“Everything is bad here,” Horani said. He now works in a small convenience store in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

More than one million refugees live in Lebanon. Some Lebanese do not want them there. The refugees also face difficult living conditions and restrictions on job opportunities.