Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2014

We Will Stop Here and Go No Further: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Turkey

Keith David Watenpaugh, Adrienne L. Fricke, James R. King

October 2014

Institute of International Education


A new report released today by the Institute of International Education and its Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis examines the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey. It is based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Turkey whose academic work or university studies have been interrupted due to the conflict in Syria, as well as with Turkish policymakers and university administrators and the leadership of various Syrian-led and international educational initiatives. The interviews were conducted this summer by a research team led by IIE and the University of California, Davis Human Rights Initiative. The report, “We Will Stop Here and Go No Further: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Turkey”, identifies: the educational needs of Syrian faculty and university-age students in Turkey, including the barriers they face in accessing higher education recommendations for increasing Syrians’ access to higher education in Turkey opportunities and challenges for the international community to support Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey The report’s title refers to two possibilities for the future of these Syrian refugees. The authors conclude that a significant number of Syrians will remain in Turkey even after the war in Syria subsides, as many Syrians feel that Turkey “offers an environment to rebuild their lives.” They warn, however, that “the challenges of displacement risk marginalizing these young people, leaving their potential unfulfilled.”