The Global Platform for Syrian Students (GP4SS) is a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative, founded in November 2013, by Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal and former High Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Alliance of Civilizations, with the support of a core group of institutional partners, namely the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

This initiative is unique in the sense that it effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various stakeholders - governments, international and regional organizations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals - willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students.

The platform aims at providing access to higher education in safe haven countries throughout the world to Syrian students affected by the ongoing war, in an effort to save young lives from despair and prevent the loss of a generation of university graduates. Furthermore, the program’s ambition is to prepare the future of Syria by investing in the higher education of ound 100 Syrian students have been enrolled in various Universities, Polytechnics Institutes and Higher Education schools in Portugal, as well as in other countries around the world.

Although proving to be a very effective and low-cost model, a lack of funding has left another 700 Syrian students without scholarships they need to continue their studies in spite of having secured their admission at University with tuition fee waivers. Therefore, to assure the well functioning of the program and provide the right to education to an increasing number of Syrian students, donors and partners are welcomed to collaborate in the challenging task of reaching 1000 students under this platform.

The aforementioned program is part of a broader project, also led by Mr. Jorge Sampaio, called a “Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies”, presented to the United Nations General Assembly,  in September 2015, in order to enlarge the support to refugees and displaced people from various countries suffering for longstanding conflicts.

For further information and to offer your valuable support, please contact:

Global Platform for Syrian Students

Casa do Regalo, Tapada das Necessidades

1350-213 – Lisbon – PORTUGAL

Phone:        +351 21 393 1440

Fax:            +351 21 396 5079


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