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The “Language and Academic Skills and E-Learning Resources” (LASER) programme was established in 2015, delivered by the British Council with funding from the European Union (EU). It was aimed at providing Syrian refugees with both face-to-face English and academic skills courses, as well as internationally accredited online degree courses, which included a partnership with The Open University. As part of the project, students admitted to the programme were provided with tablets/laptops to help them in their studies.
During the five years of the LASER project, it supported over 3,000 displaced Syrian students and disadvantaged youths in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and helped re-integrate them into the higher education system.
From February 2016, 54 students were registered on Open University programmes. At the request of the British Council, all students were placed into standard study arrangements, working alongside other UK and international Open University students on their respective programmes.