The Free University of Aleppo began the activities of the first international conference in the freed territories under the title “Higher Education in Times of Crisis” in cooperation with the Midad Center for Studies. The conference brought together more than 100 academics and researchers in various fields.
In attendance in the opening of the conference were Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdurrahman Mustafa, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Finance and Economy, SIG’s Secretary General, SIG’s communications officer, representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition in the freed territories, President of the Free Aleppo University, and Chairman of the Higher Education Council.
In his opening speech, Mustafa shed light on the management of higher education in times of crises, the challenges facing higher education, the negative impact on the Syrian youth, and ways to respond to these challenges and find solutions. He also talked about higher education in the freed territories in northern Syria in light of the difficulties and obstacles it has been going through for the past several years.
Mustafa said: “For the sake of better higher education, SIG attaches great importance to supporting the academic research in the freed territories in northern Syria. We always stand ready to contribute to everyone’s efforts to facilitate academic research, support projects and programs that lead to the development of higher education, organize academic conferences at universities and research centers, and hold research workshops in various fields.”
The conference, which concludes on Friday, focuses on four main points: crises and their impact on higher education, international experiences in managing higher education in times of crises, higher education during the Covid-19 pandemic, and higher education in wartime with Syria as an example.
(Source: SOC’s media department)