Deputy Minister of Education in the Syrian interim government Abdul Rahman al-Haj said that the interim government-run University of Aleppo is seeking to establish partnerships under the umbrella of the Syrian interim government. He added that they are working to develop the current programs at the university, noting that the certificates issued by the University of Aleppo have got international recognition.
In a live video broadcast on the Syrian Coalition’s page on Facebook on Sunday, Haj said that University of Aleppo is now divided into two parts: One run by the Assad regime and the other one by the Syrian interim government.
Haj added that the interim government-run University of Aleppo is taking in those who had to leave university education due to the conflict. He said the University and is considering students who do not have documents for admission to its colleges.
The interim Ministry of Education is working to increase the number of departments at the university, which has admitted students from all the Syrian governorates.
The teaching staff at the university is comprised of academics who have defected from the Assad regime and some academics who have returned from abroad, Haj added.
He pointed out that the four faculties of the Arabic language will open in the near future, adding that he expects a bigger role for Turkey and the EU in supporting the university.
Haj explained that the university lacks scientific laboratories and other necessary infrastructure and equipment, adding that the interim Ministry of Education is working on securing these needs. He expressed hope that the next academic year will see the opening of a department of engineering. (Source: Syrian Coalition)