RESCUE Project
Feb. 23, 2020, 9:36 a.m.



The partner countries involved in this proposal, namely Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq (but also some of the Programme Countries involved, such as Turkey and Germany) are experiencing a very critical situation due to the high number of refugees present on their territory: most of these are Syrian citizens, and include a high percentage of former University students who had to interrupt their academic curriculum.

The main specific objective of RESCUE is to help the Partner Country Universities in structuring an effective response to this problem, by creating ad hoc units (the Refugee Student Operational Support Unit – R-SOS), whose mission is to structure specific services supporting the refugee students in resuming their academic training path. The analysis carried out by the target Universities has shown that each one of them has different approaches and constraints vis-à-vis this problem, therefore ad hoc solutions must be implemented in each one of them.

Once the R-SOS units will be operational, the services they will deliver will help the refugee students in resuming their academic training path, in some cases by accessing the standard curricula on the same basis as all the other students, in some other cases by following ad hoc training courses providing them with basic skills and competencies useful for employment purposes.

Therefore it is expected that the setting up of the R-SOS units will help in improving the situation of the refugee student either by supporting them in getting a job in the hosting countries either in preparing them for returning to their origin country once the crisis is over.

This project has been funded with support from the European Union.

European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education

Coordinated by

UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy

Project n.: 573665-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP


Partners of the Rescue Project

UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union

SU, Sapienza University, Italy

UB, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

TUB, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

IAU, Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey

UoD, University of Duhok, Iraq

USEK, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon

LIU, Lebanese International University, Lebanon

UL, Lebanese University, Lebanon

DPU, Duhok Polytechnic University, Iraq

AArU, Association of Arab Universities, Jordan

YU, Yarmouk University, Jordan

ZUJ, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Jordan

ZU, Zarqa University, Jordan

 For more information you can visit the main website of Rescue project on:





University of Duhok (UoD), which is a public governmental university, was a member of different Erasmus Mundus Programs since 2007 to 2015. And now the UoD are partner in four Erasmus Plus (Capacity Building in Higher Education programs – Key Action II) and (Four Mobility programs Key Action I).

One of these programs is (RESCUE) Refugees Education Support in Mena Countries, with different European universities which are created to structure an effective response to refugees’ crisis. The European coordinator of the RESCUE project is the UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union.

In the Rescue project there are several universities from the Medial East from (Kurdistan Region, Lebanon, and Jordon) where most of the refugees are located and several European universities from Italia, Spain, Germany and Turkey are participated in this project. To help the Refugee students according to the Rescue plan.

University of Duhok will with the coordination of the (UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union)  under the Erasmus+ Project support has opened a unit called the R-SOS unit (Refugee Student Operational Support Unit) which aims to support refugee students; by guiding them counseling them, and to find study and job opportunities for them.

This project will last for three years from 2016 to 2019, and the International Relations office at the University of Duhok will be responsible of this unite under the supervision of the Vice President for the Scientific Affairs and Postgraduate Studies.

Location of the R-SOS Unit at the UoD Campus:


Activities of the R-SOS Unit at the UoD



  • R-SOS center has been lunched at UoD

  •  How to write a Curriculum Vitae CV training course

  •  R-SOS Center

  •  Official meeting of Rescue project