You are here

Tahdir for Syrians

Syria should be ready for the day when Syrians could come together and rebuild a common life after the conflict comes to an end. And it will come to an end hopefully sooner rather than later. This is why we are launching Tahdir (the Arabic word for Prepare) to help prepare Syrians to take an active part in the transitional process towards a peaceful, democratic and inclusive Syria.

The Tahdir programme prepares young Syrians for careers in government service, in public and private enterprise as well as in the not-for-profit sector. The Tahdir programme provides executive academic training and delivers a degree recognized by a group of European universities and research institutions.

Tahdir will use a mix of physical classroom environment and web-based interactions with participants who cannot leave Syria.

Based on the evaluation of their graduation project, the trainee will have the possibility to be awarded with seed funding to assist the implementation of the project and to undertake study visits to Europe.

Tahdir is offered in three fields (1) Local Administration, (2) Law and Security Sector Reform, and (3) Urban Planning for Sustainable Development.

Courses will be given in Arabic by professors from a range of renowned universities across the world and scholars from reputable international think tanks.  

Each trainee will undertake 265 study hours (including 140 hours of guided independent study).

The study hours are divided among the main component of each training course and common courses that all trainees will undertake. The main component of each training course (either local administration; law and security sector reform; or urban planning for sustainable development) comprises lectures, assessments, guided independent study and a graduation project.
The common courses comprise:

  • Citizenship.
  • Democratic decision-making processes.
  • On-line English language courses.

Who is eligible
1- Current residents of Syria or persons having left the country since March 2011.
2a- For Local Administration and Law & Security Sector Reform courses: Holders of a Bachelor's degree, or those who have at least three years of higher education in a discipline relevant to the course for which they are applying, or those with at least three years of professional experience in a relevant field.
2b- For Urban Planning for Sustainable Development course: Must have at least four years of higher education in a discipline relevant to the course and, preferably, at least three years professional experience in a relevant field.
3- To be below the age of 45 at the deadline date for applications.

The full call for application is available in Arabic here.

How to Apply
1- Fill in the application form (available in Arabic here) including the provision of the following:

  • A motivation letter (600-750 words) describing your goals and vision and how the course will aid your professional development.
  • A graduation project proposal (300-350 words).
  • Educational certificates and/or certificates of experience. If unavailable due to the current conditions in the country, please provide a signed affidavit and a description of your studies.
  • Names and contact details for three references

2- Submit the completed application form to
3-The deadline for applications for the first round is January 31, 2016.

A committee will review all candidates. The selection of trainees will be based on merit as indicated by submitted material.

The Tahdir programme is managed by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Olof Palme International Center (Sweden) with the collaboration of Ila Souria. Tahdir is supported by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Contact us
Follows us on Facebook:
Marianne Boqvist (, ARI Programme Director, is the project leader and Diana Mansour (, ARI Programme Coordinator, is the project coordinator.