Since 2018, UniRef has been working alongside the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Jordanian Red Crescent (JRC), the University of Jordan and Harvard University (USA) on the implementation of the mission.
The present mission of UniRef in Jordan aims to provide free access to higher education and professional vocational training to 5’000 students between 2020-2025.
Among UniRef students, 75% are Syrian urban refugees. Indeed, about 80% of all Syrian refugees are living in urban areas in Jordan and, therefore, are outside of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camps. The remaining 25% of UniRef students are Jordan students who cannot pursue their studies for financial reasons. Including these students from the host community contributes to promoting better integration of refugees, cultural mixing and social relationships among other things.
All UniRef students have finished their secondary education and the distribution of them is close to parity between women and men.
Following a study of the Jordanian labour market conducted by UniRef, the Jordan Red Crescent (JRC) and the representatives of the University of Jordan, it has been concluded that the three most important development areas of Jordan are: Healthcare, Agribusiness and Information Technology (IT). Indeed, Jordan has an advanced healthcare system and agriculture is one of the main sources of national growth. Finally, the Jordanian IT industry generates more than $1.18 billions of income per year which represents 13.5% of the GDP of the country.
UniRef, alongside its institutional and academic partners, has decided to create fast-track (1 year) curricula in these three key sectors. In this regard, UniRef diploma are relevant vis-à-vis the Jordanian labour market.