Dear friends and people,
I am happy to share that I recently got accepted - as one of only 40 masters students - in the urban planning program of one of France's most competitive universities - Sciences Po in Paris. I was accepted into the same program last year, but unfortunately I was not able to secure the funding I needed in order to join the program at the time.
I have started this campaign last year, but could never secure enough funds to leave. This year, Sciences Po has offered me a tuition grant too, breaking down the barrier and making it possible to join them this year, August 2016,
As a Palestinian architect living in Jordan, I am closer than ever to secure enough funds to join my studies at Sciences Po in Paris. I am trying this crowdfunding idea because I still need to cover high living and studying expenses. Unfortunately, It is hard for my family to support me with three brothers still studying.
Throughout last year I have carried on with my interest regardless of the circumstances. I invited you to take a look at some of my work:عربي
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Studying and analysing such hot spots and important cities and areas in Palestine and Jordan - and hopefully soon in Syria - would draw more attention to these towns and there communities. Better urban planning and planning policies would tackle key urban issues and increase the level of awareness of social participation and social interaction.
A photograph I took in the old city of Hebron, Palestine, reflecting the frozen commercial activities due to occupation policies among many other factors.
The affected communities will have a chance to access better knowledge and raise their awareness of their civil rights as decision makers that work hand in hand with expert planners. This would lead to better understanding, better analysis, and henceforth, better action and better urban design, planning and better life quality.
In pursuit of this, Sciences Po would be the perfect place - with its exceptional political background and fine level of education, which will enable me to take my talents to a whole new level. This is a very specific program, which will open many doors for my career and future. Completing this program would set me among a scarce community of professionals and intellectuals that our region desperately needs.
Although education in France is not that costly in general, unlike other major and public institutions, Sciences Po still requires a high fee of around 14000 Euros a year for their masters programs, dropping down to around 4,000 thanks to the grant. Of course not being a European citizen, I also need to cover high costs of living in Paris while going through the program.
I will also need a minimum of 10000 Euros to be able to apply for a long term visa, required for all students from all nationalities needing visa for entry.
I hope I can gain your trust for help, and I urge you not to spare any chance when it comes to making this masters study happen.
For any further information, l ask you not to hesitate to contact me.