Conference highlights academics’ post-conflict role

Syrian academics in exile need opportunities to work and grow professionally, so they will be able to help rebuild a better higher education system when they go back, speakers at a conference on the future of the academic community in Syria said. They also emphasised that investment in higher education can prevent radicalisation in war-torn countries, writes Gilgamesh Nabeel for Al-Fanar Media.

Malcolm Grant, president of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA), said grants of less than £10,000 (US$13,300) “can achieve an extraordinary amount of research in this environment”.

He was speaking at the start of a five-day online symposium that reviewed work done since CARA launched its Syria Programme in 2016, to support academics affected by the Syrian crisis. The symposium, “Voices from the Syrian Academic Community”, was organised with the support of the British Academy and the Royal Society. It ran from 6-10 December.
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