Part 1: Refugee Access to Higher Education and Documentation
Part 2: Education in Syria & Iraq

In Part 1, we will give a brief overview of refugee crises worldwide and will discuss issues of access to higher education, credential assessment for refugees with limited documentation, and WES methodology for assessing them. In Part 2, we will provide an overview of Syria and Iraq systems of education, potential difficulties obtaining documents, sample documents, and practical tips on how to assess credentials with limited documentation.

Gain Insight Into:

  • An overview of refugee crises worldwide and the international community’s response, with special focus on Syria and Iraq
  • WES assessment method of refugee academic documents from Syria and potential challenges in assessing them
  • Examination of the education systems in Syria and Iraq and student mobility trends into North America


World Education Services

Sulaf AL-Shaikhly

Advanced Evaluation Specialist

Sulaf has been at WES for the past seven years, specializing in educational systems in the Middle East, and document authenticity and verification. She holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Technology, Baghdad and speaks Arabic, English, and has working knowledge of Turkish and Farsi. Her previous experience includes five years in Iraqi higher education, during which she taught at the University of Technology and Baghdad University.

World Education Services

Bryce Loo

Research Associate

Bryce earned a master’s degree in international education development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Bakersfield. Bryce has published several research articles for WES and presented WES’ research on emerging markets at NAFSA Region X in 2015.

World Education Services

Jessica Magaziner

Knowledge Analyst

Jessica Magaziner has worked in credential evaluation and international education research at WES since 2012. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in French and Francophone Studies and International Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and has completed graduate-level study in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and the European Peace University in Austria. At WES, her primary specialization is French and Francophone systems of education. Jessica recently presented at the NAFSA 2016 conference and attended the EAIE Spotlight seminar.