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Internationalization Summit

Keynote Speaker


Rasha Faek

Rasha Faek

Driscoll Hall
Governor's Ballroom,
12:10 pm Friday, 14 April

Rasha is a Syrian experienced journalist, who has covered a range of issues from business to culture. Since 2013, she has worked for Al-Fanar Media, a publication that covers higher education in the Arab world. She is currently the managing editor and is based in Amman, Jordan.

Rasha holds three bachelor's degrees, one in English literature from Damascus University; one in dramatic arts from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, in Damascus; and one in journalism from Damascus Open University. She has participated in training at a number of prestigious organizations the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, the United Nation University-International Leadership Institute, and the Foreign Press Center of Japan. At Al-Fanar Media, she has helped to organize two workshops supported by the U.N. Democracy Fund for Arab journalists interested in writing about education. She has also contributed to international publications such as USA Today and Bloomberg BAN, and contributed a chapter on "Education in Syria, Before & After the War" in a book about Education in the Arab World, which will be published soon by Bloomsbury Publishing.

At Al-Fanar Media, Rasha and her fellow editors have watched as the refugee crisis has disrupted education for young people from Yemen, Libya, Palestine, and Syria and from the countries that host refugees as well. The editors have responded by increasing their coverage of refugee education, starting up a monthly newsletter on refugee education, and organizing four workshops in Istanbul, Amman and New York to convene those who are interested in trying to help refugee youth.