The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Higher Education

  • Hans de Wit
  • Philip Altbach
Keywords: Refugee crisis and universities, responsibility for refugees, Syrian refugees and education


The Syrian refugee crisis creates significant challenges for universities because many of the refugees have academic qualifications and may want to pursue academic study once they have been accepted into a host country. This article argues that refugee-students can bring advantages to universities as well as contributing to the economies of host countries in the long run. 

Author Biographies

Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. 

Philip Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and founding director of the Center. 

How to Cite
de Wit, H., & Altbach, P. (2016). The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Higher Education. International Higher Education, (84), 9-10.
The Refugee Crisis and Higher Education