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Rebuilding from Conflict – The Power of Education in Emergencies

On the 11st March, Ar | Respire Connosco and the Champalimaud Foundation, in support of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, will convene a group of international experts to explore the impact of the Syrian crisis on students, and higher education’s fundamental role in rebuilding society.

  1. 26.2.2016

    Registration information available here.

    Imagine a society without higher education. No doctors to care for the sick; no architects to build homes; no entrepreneurs to start new businesses. During crises, like the current civil war in Syria, a generation of students is left stranded and unable to finish their studies. Without them, the future of their country is at risk in the decades to come. Who will rebuild?

    To move from theory to practice, former Portuguese Prime Minister, Jorge Sampaio, will introduce how the Global Platform for Syrian Students places Syrian students in universities around the world to continue their education. Come and join us in supporting these students. The world of the future is in their hands.


    President Jorge Sampaio

    Dr Sampaio served as President of the Portuguese Republic from 1996 to 2006. In office, his actions were mainly focused on education, social issues, human rights for all, European and international affairs. In 2006 he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis and in 2007 he became the High Representative fo the Alliance of Civilisations.

    Dr. Jo Beall

    Dr. Jo Beall is Director of Education and Society and a member of the Executive Board of the British Council.

    Sultan Barakat

    Sultan Barakat is the Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy

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