IIE-SRF Co-Organizes Workshop in Istanbul; IIE-SRF Fellow Writes on Climate Change Summit; USC Graduate Senate Endorses IIE Syria Consortium; Scholar Spotlight-Syria
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IIE-SRF Partners with Al-Fanar Media to Organize Workshop on Syrian Access to Higher Education

Al-Fanar Media recently posted on its website a report that resulted from a workshop it co-organized with IIE and the Dutch NGO SPARK. The workshop, "Delivering Higher Education to Syrian Refugees," took place in Istanbul, Turkey on October 6 and 7 of this year. The event brought together stakeholders from regional and international governments, UN bodies, local and international NGOs, universities, and Syrian students and professors, to share best practices and enhance coordination amongst initiatives that are supporting Syrian access to higher education within the countries hosting large numbers of refugees. IIE-SRF’s Celine Taminian and James King participated, and Mr. King was interviewed for a video about the event that also features many IIE and IIE-SRF partners. Building on the workshop’s success, another event likely will be convened in March 2016.

Read the full report here>>

IIE-SRF Fellow Writes on UN Climate Change Summit for BBC Persian

During the course of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Summit currently taking place in Paris, IIE-SRF Fellow Nasser Karami is publishing a series of articles related to the Summit on BBC Persian. Dr. Karami, who is considered a leading expert and public intellectual in the field of physical geography and climatology, is optimistic that the 2015 Paris Summit will be more successful than the UN’s 2009 Summit in Copenhagen, which was considered widely to have made little impact. In Iran, Dr. Karami served as editor-in-chief of an environmental news network and as senior editor for an Iranian daily, where he utilized diverse scholarly and popular mediums to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development. In December 2013, Dr. Karami joined the University of Bergen, Norway as an IIE-SRF Fellow with support from the Scholars at Risk Network.

Read the first two articles in the series here and here>>

University of Southern California’s Graduate Student Government Passes Resolution to Join the IIE Syria Consortium

Last week, the University of Southern California (USC)’s Graduate Student Government Senate passed a resolution urging the USC administration to join the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis and to support Syrian university students and scholars. In an editorial in USC’s Daily Trojan, Christopher Records, who proposed the resolution, laid out a powerful case. Citing USC’s partnership with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund as an example of how the university has aided imperiled scholars in the past, Mr. Records urges further action in response to the Syrian crisis. “At the core of these proposals is a recognition that the cause of refugee scholars and students is not a political or national security matter, but rather, a test of our commitment to the values of openness, tolerance and compassion that make our universities and our society great.” The resolution will move forward to the USC administration with the support of 38 student organizations and the President of the Undergraduate Student Government.

Read the full editorial here>>

Scholar Spotlight: Eblal Zakzok of Syria

IIE-SRF Fellow Eblal Zakzok is already planning for the eventual rebuilding of his home country of Syria. His current research uses satellite imagery and geographical information systems (GIS) to monitor the effects of the Syrian conflict on infrastructure and urban areas. “The importance of this research stems from the need to develop management and development plans in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Syria” after the conflict ends, he explains. Dr. Zakzok received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Manchester in the U.K. and was an assistant professor at both Aleppo and Al-Furat universities before starting his IIE-SRF fellowship at The Ohio State University last May. “I highly appreciate the full support and encouragement provided by the administration, faculty and staff alike here,” he says. Dr. Zakzok is interested in funding for research opportunities, potential research partners, and a permanent lecturing position.

Individuals and institutions interested in working with Dr. Zakzok should contact IIE-SRF’s Scholar Support Specialist Melissa Mott at MMott@iie.org.

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Prize Opportunity

Deadline: February 1, 2016

The Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize recognizes outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply here.

IIE’s Syria Efforts in the News

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) â€“ Syria’s ‘academic refugees’ find safe haven on U.S. campuses—for now

Previous Issues of The Beacon:

November 19, 2015 - IIE-SRF Fellow Awarded Innovation Prize; Scholar Spotlight; Featured Host Institution: Philadelphia University

November 5, 2015 - Alumna Speaks on Rebuilding Syria; IIE in The Atlantic; DRC Alumnus Publishes Legal Paper; Save the Date for the 2nd Annual IIE-SRF Forum

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