Education & Training Opportunities

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2011

An Increasing awareness that a skills gap exists between school and university leavers and what local employers need, plus a desire by the Government to meet second Millennium Development Goal - universal primary education - has resulted in a significant increase in public funds for education and training.

Sector briefing Education & Training Opportunities in Syria Why Syria? The Syrian Government announced in 2010 ambitious targets to achieve economic growth of 8% and reduce unemployment to 4% by 2015. With nearly 58% of the Syrian population under the age of 25 and the current unemployment rate estimated to be over 18%, education and training has become a key priority for the Syrian Government?s economic and development plans. An Increasing awareness that a skills gap exists between school and university leavers and what local employers need, plus a desire by the Government to meet second Millennium Find general information on the Syrian market Development Goal - universal primary conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing education - has resulted in a significant Business Guide for Syria gives an overview of increase in public funds for education and Syria?s economy, business culture, potential training. This is coupled with wide ranging opportunities and an introduction to other reform of the sector which has facilitated the relevant issue. establishment of private schools, universities and other educational establishments. British education and training is widely respected and the reforms of the public sector and establishment of a private sector have created many opportunities for British companies in Syria. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Syria There are also opportunities in the wider Opportunities education sector (such as corporate training and vocational education) and English language Government spending on Education has training where UK expertise would be increased considerably from only 6.8% of the welcomed. government?s budget in 2000 to 16.7% in 2007. But resources have still not matched demand In summary, the key drivers of the significant and the Syria Government has had to adopt a opportunities in the education and training fundamental reform programme to improve the sector in Syria are: overall quality of schooling and the match - A young population with 58% under the age between education provision and the growing of 25, growing at around 2.4% annually, needs of the labour market. creating challenges and opportunities. - Major economic reforms to move the country The EU has allocated Euro 10 million for from a state-controlled to a ?social-market? developing secondary education in Syria and economy. Implementation and cementing another Euro 20 million project for developing these reforms requires people with the right technical and vocational education and training knowledge, education and skills. (TVET). Other international organisations like - The government has introduced significant the Agha Khan Foundation are very active in the and far-reaching reforms to the education education sector and allocate a substantial sector by increasing access to and quality of budget for their activities. public education but the system is still struggling to provide students with the British education is highly valued and respected necessary skills demanded by the local labour in Syria, which means that UK education market. providers are in demand in the market. A number of MoUs have already been signed As a result there are opportunities in all of the between Syrian and UK universities as part of a following areas: capacity building project supported by the - Revision of the curricula at all levels to British Council. modernise content. - Establishment of modern vocational There are many opportunities in the public education programmes sector for British education and training - Teacher training to modernise and improve providers but reform can be slow and for those their knowledge and skills. wishing to work with the Government it is - Classroom ICT essential to have patience and build up strong - English language training at all levels. relationships with relevant partners. - Development of special educational needs programmes at all levels The private sector is playing an increasing role - Private schools and universities need to in education and training at all levels. The obtain modern educational resources and number of private schools, private universities ensure quality assurance standards at their and training centres has increased significantly, institutions. bringing new opportunities for a wide range of - There are specific corporate training needs in UK educational suppliers, consultants and areas such as hospitality, financial services, service providers to do business in Syria. business management and engineering. A number of programmes and opportunities for If you have any questions on the opportunities informal learning have been introduced to Syria above, contact the UKTI contacts listed at the by Massar ? a NGO supported by the First Lady. end of this report. Business opportunities aimed These programmes are delivered through specifically at UK companies are added daily to discovery centres in the major Syrian cities. A UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our new landmark centre is planned in Damascus staff overseas in British Embassies, High and will offer UK education providers with an Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors opportunity to supply innovation learning and in over 100 markets. materials and resources. The new Damascus centre, which is under construction will include You can be alerted to business opportunities on interactive galleries on the physical world, ideas a regular basis by registering on the UKTI and achievements, complemented by activities website. Find out more on UKTI?s business and programmes, resource libraries, a theatre opportunities service on the UKTI website and studio space. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Syria Major events and activities UKTI contacts Maysa Mustafa UKTI - Education Mission to Syria, Jordan Senior Trade & Investment Officer and Lebanon British Embassy - Damascus 27 Feb ? 4 Mar 2011 Tel: (00963 11) 339 1536 Email: Email: UKTI ? Supported international buyers to Hala Tinawi Education Show 2011, Birmingham Trade & Investment Officer British Embassy ? Damascus 17-19 March 2011 Tel: (00 963 11) 339 1561 Email: Email: Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Training opportunities in Syria Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Syria market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Syrian market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Syria, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Syrian market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. 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Posted: 21 March 2011, last updated 21 March 2011

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