It is estimated that fewer than 1 % of refugees have access to tertiary education, compared to 36 % of their peers elsewhere. Tertiary education gives young refugees the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to society and are essential for post-conflict recovery and rebuilding. The HOPES project addresses the challenges faced by Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Syria's neighbouring countries. Through a symbiotic mix of education that offers academic counselling, language courses, scholarships, innovative projects and policy dialogue, HOPES has improved the prospects of refugee youth in the region. On the eve of World Refugee Day, this session gives a voice to refugee students, local education providers and policymakers.