A delegation of 21 presidents, vice-presidents, vice-rectors, deans and other members of universities from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan have met, on September 26 and 27, at the University of Barcelona for the 7th partnership meeting of the RESCUE project (Refugees Education Support in MENA countries).
The university representatives have shared and assessed the activities carried out during the three years of execution of this European project on international cooperation, which from 2016 to 2019 has aimed to improve the access of displaced persons and refugees to universities in the MENA area (Middle East and Northern Africa).
To this end, the RESCUE project has promoted the creation and management of Refugee Student Operational Support Units (R-SOS units) in the university centers of Zarqa, Al-Zaytoonah and Yarmouk (Jordan), the Lebanese University and the USEK (Lebanon), and the University of Duhok and the Duhok Polytechnic University (Iraq).
RESCUE is co-funded by the Erasmus + program for capacity building in the field of higher education, and is coordinated by the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), in which the UB takes part.
It is one of the European projects related to the refugee crisis in which the UB participates within the frame of its Support program for refugees and people from conflict areas, managed by the UB Solidarity Foundation. The coordinator of the program, Cati Jerez, together with the assistant director of the Institute for Professional Development (IDP) – ICE, Carme Panchón, have participated in this 7th partnership meeting of RESCUE representing the UB.