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    UKAid/SPHEIR: Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA)
    Supports communities seeking access to higher education in Jordan and Lebanon.
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    The Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA) supports communities affected by the Syrian crisis seeking access to higher education in Jordan and Lebanon. 

    The Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA) supports communities affected by the Syrian crisis seeking access to higher education in Jordan and Lebanon. The project is implemented in partnership with King’s College London (as lead partner), Al al-Bayt University in Jordan, the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, and FutureLearn in the UK. This project is one of nine innovative global projects focused on higher education within the SPHEIR portfolio (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform), funded by UK Aid through the Department for International Development (DFID).

    PADILEIA focuses on expanding choice and pathway possibilities for refugee and underserved community members who have previously faced barriers to pursuing their education.

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    Impact 

    It has been an exciting year of collaboration and growing impact for the PADILEIA project. The project took a stronger emphasis and direction towards blended learning, strengthening the in-person facilitation and infrastructure access to PADILEIA students. The partnership has introduced the concept of a PADILEIA Campus, a joint blended learning study center located in the Beqaa Valley in students can complete a full array of short online courses (in English, Introduction to Healthcare, Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship produced by Kings College London) and longer modules and courses (on Kiron’s digital campus) which are recognized for local credit and universities in Lebanon – both with the support of a facilitator.