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Turkey hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees with a number of over 3.5 million, the majority of which live outside camps in urban areas. Over 500,000 people in the age group 18-24 have fled Syria, with estimates of over 100,000 in Turkey and less than 5% now have access to higher education.

To respond to growing higher education demand, SPARK established its presence in Turkey in 2012, to run projects in Syria and to support the Syrian community in Turkey. Since then, Turkey office has set up 5 higher education institutes inside Syria, accommodating hundreds of students, and has offered a wide range of activities for Syrian students in Turkey. Currently, SPARK is successfully in partnership with five major universities in Turkey; Gaziantep University, Harran University, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Mersin University and Mustafa Kemal University. Besides providing scholarships to more than three thousand Syrian students, SPARK also offers to scholarship holders additional components such as student services & affairs, civic leadership & advocacy, and economic empowerment training with workshops.

SPARK aims to build the capacities of displaced youth through several programmes in collaboration with Al Fakhoora, Qatar Upholding Education for Syrians Trust (QUEST), Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis. SPARK also supports 860 students in their vocational training with the partnership of Harran University, GAPTEM and Qatari Red Crescent.

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