Syrian refugee finds purpose at business school – and in life

Monday, February 4, 2019

By Jennifer Lewington

Sometimes a rough beginning has a happy ending.

In spring of 2016, Rand Abou Ras and most of her family, all members of a persecuted Druze minority, arrived in Canada as refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria.

Born in the United Arab Emirates, but a Syrian national, the now-19-year-old spent her summers as a child in Syria, including the largely-Druze city of As-Suwayda (Sweida). This is the same city where Islamic State fighters carried out suicide bombings last July, killing almost 300 civilians.

After graduating from high school in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Abou Ras applied to several Toronto-area universities and, in the fall of 2016, entered an undergraduate business program at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management.

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Source: The Globe and Mail (link opens in a new window)

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