Emergency Support for Syrian Students and Scholars: Holistic programming to address a higher education emergency

Emergency Support for Syrian Students and Scholars: Holistic programming to address a higher education emergency

LIVE FREE Webinar Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:00-3:00 ET

The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector. While the world struggles to meet the basic needs of the millions of Syrians displaced internally or living as refugees throughout the world, higher education is being neglected. In response, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has provided emergency assistance and educational opportunities to Syrian faculty and university students whose lives and academic work have been threatened due to the conflict. This webinar will provide an overview of the holistic support undertaken by IIE and their partners in support of displaced Syrian students and scholars worldwide.

Presented by IIE



Presenter: Nicole Davis

Program Manager, IIE



Nicole Davis is a Program Manager at the Institute of International Education (IIE), overseeing the IIE Syria Consortium and the Emergency Student Fund in support of educationally displaced students around the world. Nicole holds a Master’s degree in International Education from New York University and a BA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin. Previously, she worked as an International Coordinator at Arizona State University and held Graduate Positions at both Save the Children and the NYU Office of Global Programs.


Presenter: Nele Feldmann

Program Manager, Center of International Partnerships, IIE



Nele Feldmann is a Program Manager for the Center of International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education. In this role she manages the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes as well as the Syria Consortium and the Emergency Student Fund. Nele holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Translation for Arabic and French from the University of Bonn, Germany. During her studies she spent extensive time in the Middle East.

Moderator: Melanie Gottlieb

Deputy Director, AACRAO



Melanie Gottlieb joined the staff as Deputy Director of AACRAO in 2015. She came to the national office with 18 years as an AACRAO member, with experience in Records & Registration, Enrollment Managment and International Recruitment and Credential Evaluation.  She has served the association in a variety of leadership roles throughout her career, most recently as Vice President for International Education on the AACRAO Board of Directors.  Melanie earned an MA in Information Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a BA in History /American Studies from Marlboro College in Vermont.


Additional Information:

2016 AACRAO Annual Meeting
March 20-23, 2016 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Phoenix, AZ

AACRAO offers professional development opportunities through meetings held throughout the year. For more information vist: http://www.aacrao.org/professional-development/meetings​

AACRAO International Education Services (IES)
AACRAO's International Education Services (IES) has provided evaluation of foreign educational credentials since 1965; from 1965 to 1991 for the US Agency for International Development, and since 1991 for member institutions and the public.  We currently serve over 1,500 schools and organizations.
IES provides on-campus training and consultations. For more information, visit ies.aacrao.org, or emaiies@aacrao.org.


Each EDGE educational system profile includes:​

  • An overview describing the educational history of the country.
  • An educational ladder or ladders to reflect changes in the educational structure
  • Grading system(s)
  • Sample credentials
  • Placement recommendations
  • List of postsecondary institutions
  • Resources used to develop the profile
  • Author biography and notes
  • Glossary — when applicable

The AACRAO EDGE is a dynamic resource for evaluating foreign credentials. The web format enables updating and revision as needed. More information about AACRAO EDGE, including available countries, sample profiles, and more can be found on the AACRAO EDGE information page.

AACRAO offers a valuable library of resources on higher education issues related to this webinar. For a listing of our recent publications, please visit: AACRAO Publications website

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