CIAL Centro de Linguas is actively supporting the work of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, a NGO founded by former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
The Global Platform for Syrian Students is a non-profit multi-stakeholders' organisation, founded in November 2013 with the support of a core group of institutional partners: the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the International Organization of Migrations (IOM) and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
This initiative is unique in that it effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various stakeholders willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organisations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals. Through a Network of Partners, an Academic Consortium, and a Special Emergency Fund, the Global Platform for Syrian Students works in a collaborative way.
CIAL has organized group courses for Syrian students attending universities in Lisbon, group courses for all Syrian students in Portugal during the Summer, and will continue to do so for the newly arrived group of students for the academic year 2015-2016.
Former President Jorge Sampaio, CIAL DoS Marta Silva, Alaa a student in the first group and Mohammed,her brother, who arrived in the new group this weekend.