The EU is helping to put Syrians into jobs which are currently done by foreigners.
The European Union will spend millions training Syrians in alternative energy sources. The oil industry, which accounts for 70% of Syria’s exports, is run by foreign companies.
$5m was spent last year, and $7m will be spent next year in solar and wind energy project education. Syria already has thousands of windmills.
But Syria’s education system is often criticised for its archaic teaching methods. So the EU’s not just sending money – professors from German and Austrian Universities will join Damascus University to impart some of their world-leading knoweldge.
Most of Syria’s funding comes from the EU, Japan and the Arabian Gulf.
The focus on alternative energy sources highlights Syria’s acceptance that within ten years the oil reserves will run dry.