Conflicts such as the civil war in Syria result in millions of refugees and displaced people, who often find themselves in new countries where their educational and professional backgrounds are not easily recognized. Canada and the United States are among the major host countries of refugees and are planning to take in larger numbers in the coming years.

This webinar will give a brief overview of the Syrian education system, the refugee crisis, and discuss issues surrounding credential assessment for refugees with limited documentation. We will also cover assessment practices from a range of countries and describe WES methodology for assessing credentials held by refugees. These practices will hopefully aid institutions in their efforts to assist refugee applicants.

Gain Insight Into:

  • Syrian refugee crisis and what’s being done to help
  • Overview of the education system in Syria
  • WES assessment method of refugee academic documents from Syria and potential challenges
  • How the educational community (e.g., academic institutions, licensing boards, school districts) can assist in the assessment process



Sulaf Al-Shaikhly

Group Manager

Sulaf has worked at WES since 2009 and has conducted extensive research on educational systems in the Middle East. She provides insight on regional updates and trends to both internal staff and the international education community, focusing on issues of documentation authenticity and verification. Her previous experience includes five years in Iraqi higher education, during which she taught at the University of Technology and Baghdad University.


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.

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