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Evaluating the effectiveness of student-record systems in conflict-affected universities in northwest Syria relative to student transition and mobility. / Assaf, Muhammed; Lakmes, Abdulkarim; Alobaidy, Mohamad Gazy; Shabou, Feras; Ahmad, Wael; Alhasan, Miassar; Trayek, Fuad; De Vries, Leonie Ansems.

In: International Journal of Educational Research Open, Vol. 3, 100128, 01.2022, p. 100128.

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Assaf, M, Lakmes, A, Alobaidy, MG, Shabou, F, Ahmad, W, Alhasan, M, Trayek, F & De Vries, LA 2022, 'Evaluating the effectiveness of student-record systems in conflict-affected universities in northwest Syria relative to student transition and mobility', International Journal of Educational Research Open, vol. 3, 100128, pp. 100128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100128

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Assaf, M., Lakmes, A., Alobaidy, M. G., Shabou, F., Ahmad, W., Alhasan, M., Trayek, F., & De Vries, L. A. (2022). Evaluating the effectiveness of student-record systems in conflict-affected universities in northwest Syria relative to student transition and mobility. International Journal of Educational Research Open, 3, 100128. [100128]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100128

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Assaf M, Lakmes A, Alobaidy MG, Shabou F, Ahmad W, Alhasan M et al. Evaluating the effectiveness of student-record systems in conflict-affected universities in northwest Syria relative to student transition and mobility. International Journal of Educational Research Open. 2022 Jan;3:100128. 100128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100128

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Assaf, Muhammed ; Lakmes, Abdulkarim ; Alobaidy, Mohamad Gazy ; Shabou, Feras ; Ahmad, Wael ; Alhasan, Miassar ; Trayek, Fuad ; De Vries, Leonie Ansems. / Evaluating the effectiveness of student-record systems in conflict-affected universities in northwest Syria relative to student transition and mobility. In: International Journal of Educational Research Open. 2022 ; Vol. 3. pp. 100128.

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abstract = "More than a decade of conflict has disrupted all sectors across Syria, including the higher education (HE) sector, depriving much of a generation of Syrian youth of access to HE in areas to which they have been displaced. This research sought to evaluate the effectiveness of student-record systems in facilitating student transition and mobility both inside Syria and beyond, focusing on two universities in the conflict-affected northwest to which the greatest number have been displaced. A mixed-method approach was adopted, combining a student survey (370 respondents), two student focus groups, and six interviews with staff (academic and administrative) from the two study universities. Results revealed a total absence of mobility opportunities due primarily to the universities{\textquoteright} lack of international recognition, as well as financial limitations. The adoption of hardcopy student-record systems due the lack of finance and skills to support digitisation, coupled with a lack of standardised practices across universities in the northwest, whether study-related or other, clearly constrained student transition. Most respondents had little knowledge of transition processes or of alternative integrated-institution-wide-record systems. In a world where robust efficient digitised systems are central international recognition, many students still favoured hardcopy documents, not least as a requirement of employment to help mitigate forgery. Hardcopy systems did not provide students with direct access to essential documentation, creating delays and costs, and the need for in-person transaction in an area of continued insecurity with Government universities actively obstructing transition to non-government universities. Although both study universities are looking to modernise, current limitations continue to negatively affect transition and mobility opportunities.",
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