Yarmouk University reduces tuition fees for refugee students

Yarmouk University
Yarmouk University. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yarmouk University aimed at facilitating access to higher education for refugee students through undergraduate and postgraduate programs by reducing financial barriers.اضافة اعلان

This initiative will enable thousands of refugees from all nationalities to have an opportunity to study various disciplines at Yarmouk University, ranging from engineering to law, and medicine, starting from the first semester of the academic year in 2023 to 2024, at reduced tuition fees.

Exempting them from paying international student fees will provide them with the opportunity to study at a lower cost according to the parallel system for non-competitive Jordanian students.

Dominique Parach, a representative of the UNHCR, said: "The UNHCR welcomes applying the same fees to refugees as their Jordanian student counterparts, as this important step will allow more young refugees to reach their full professional potential, whether in Jordan or in their homelands."

15 by 30
Later this month, the UNHCR will launch a series of meetings with the boards of trustees and presidents of other government universities in the Kingdom, in efforts to collaborate with these institutions to ensure quality education for refugee students without major obstacles, as part of the 15by30 Roadmap for Higher Education for Refugees.

The number 15 represents the target percentage of refugee students enrolled in higher education institutions, while the number 30 symbolizes the year 2030. In support of this, the UNHCR will contribute $45,000 to support Yarmouk University in establishing three smart classrooms, aiming to enhance the development of higher education infrastructure in the country.

The 15by30 goal is part of the fourth target on the list of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015, which emphasizes that education is essential for achieving sustainable development, reducing poverty, inequality, and social exclusion.

This includes investing in teacher training, professional development, improving infrastructure, educational materials, utilizing technology, and innovation to enhance learning outcomes.

This initiative comes at an opportune time as the United Nations celebrates the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights later this year, and this initiative aligns with Article 26 on the right to education for all.

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