Syrian scholars in exile try to help their homeland
Despite its limited resources, the Free University of Aleppo made it possible for students to study medicine, pharmacy, public health, engineering, electronics, biology, law, humanities and others. materials, Al-Daghim said.
âSome academics living in Turkey have started to come back,â he added. âWe now have 75 teaching members, including eight professors and 15 assistant professors. âWe celebrated the graduation of our fourth batch of students, including 600 students and 17 medical graduates.â
Knowledge gap and isolated academics
Research found that 65 percent of Syrian students have significant gaps in their knowledge due to displacement, disruption of schooling, trauma and the need to work.
“We have a lot of dropouts in primary education, which leads to a drop in enrollment in higher education,” said Ibrahim Mahmoud, former lecturer at the University of Aleppo. “Science departments are running out of laboratories,” said Mahmoud, who worked with Shafak, a non-government provider of humanitarian services to displaced populations. âI only give theoretical lessons. We don’t have the material to do experiments. It affects the quality of education.
Fateh Shaban, a Syrian scholar with a doctorate. in human geography, said another problem was that higher education in Syria was fragmented between too many oversight bodies. The institutions may be affiliated with the Syrian interim government, the Salvation Government, which is allied with the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militia, or the Turkish authorities, or have no affiliation at all, Shaban said.
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âFor many, accreditation and recognition is the most needed thing right now,â Shaban said.
Shaban also referred to the lack of travel documents and visas granted to Syrian academics. âOur academics feel isolated, unable to publish or pursue a career abroad. Frequent displacement has left people destitute and unable to integrate into new communities.
The conference took place from December 6 to 10.