Syrian Journalist Rania Ali Awarded with a Fulltime Scholarship at Webster Vienna

Assis. Prof. Dr. Samuel R. Schubert, Associate Director of Webster Vienna Private University, Ms. Rania Mustafa Ali, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak, Director of Webster Vienna Private University

Webster Vienna Private University proudly awarded a full-time scholarship to Ms. Rania Ali, enrolled in the International Relations Bachelors program beginning the Fall 1 term. She is one of many standout students awarded scholarships for the coming academic year, and joining a competitive international student body at Webster Vienna.

Ms. Ali's journey is unique; born in 1995, she escaped her hometown of Raqqa, Syria in 2014 when it fell to the Islamic State group. In 2016, Ms. Ali fled Syria for Europe, filming every step. Her journey was later turned into the documentary "Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey" which has been viewed over 1.0 million times, shared over 93,000 times, won a Webby Award and received the One World Media Award

An aspiring journalist, Ms. Ali is legally based in Austria and a sought-after speaker on refugee and migration topics, she is also extremely eager to pursue her education. Keynoting at a major event sponsored by the Austrian Parliament in September 2018, Ms. Ali said: The springboard for my future was a source of great frustration, and at times, rage. More than anything in the world, I want to go to university -that was one of reasons why I had escaped, why I had experienced being shot at and nearly drowned. University would be my stepping stone to a normal life; I want a BA and eventually a PhD."

We look forward to having Ms. Ali and the rest of the Class of 2023 join us this Fall.

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