University of Aleppo
The main entrance to the University of Aleppo
|President||Dr. Mahmoud Dahhan|
University of Aleppo (Arabic: جامعة حلب, also called Aleppo University) is a public university located in Aleppo, Syria. It is the second largest university in Syria after the University of Damascus.
During 2005-2006 the University had over 61,000 undergraduate students, over 1,500 graduate students and approximately 2,400 faculty members. The university currently has 25 faculties and 10 intermediate colleges.
What was to become the University of Aleppo consisted of a Faculty of Engineering in Aleppo opened in 1946 and affiliated to what is now the University of Damascus (Syrian University at that time). After the end of French rule in 1946, the newly independent Syria only had one university. In 1958, the Syrian government passed a law that created the University of Aleppo as the second university in the country. When the new university opened its doors in 1960, it consisted of two faculties (Civil Engineering and Agriculture). The University grew rapidly in the subsequent decades, formed respected programs in engineering, sciences, and literature, as well as a strong emphasis on languages, offering courses on German, Russian, French, and English.
The university is member of the European Permanent University Forum (EPUF), the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) and the Regional Corporation Confremo.
The university has joint co-operative programmes with many international institutions of higher educations from the Arab World, USA, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Norway, Poland, Ukraine, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Moldova.
During 2008, the University of Aleppo marked its golden jubilee.
On 15 January 2013, 82 people were killed during the Aleppo University bombings at the campus. The blasts reportedly struck an area between Aleppo University's halls of residence and the architecture faculty. The initial death toll was 52, but Aleppo's governor later revised the number.
Aleppo University consists of 25 faculties with 152 departments, among which 18 faculties are located in Aleppo and 7 in Idlib. Studying period is 4 years or above:
- Civil Engineering founded in 1946 as a faculty affiliated with the Syrian University in Damascus. Later in 1958, it became the first faculty of the newly established University of Aleppo. It currently has 8 departments:
- Agriculture founded in 1960. Currently has 10 departments:
- Law founded in 1960. Currently has 5 departments:
- Arts and Humanities founded in 1966. Currently has 9 departments:
- Economics founded in 1966. Currently has 6 departments:
- Sciences founded in 1966. Currently has 6 departments:
- Medicine founded in 1967. Currently has 18 departments:
- Dentistry founded in 1979. Currently has 11 departments:
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering founded in 1982. Currently has 7 departments.
- Architecture founded in 1983. Currently has 4 departments:
- Mechanical Engineering founded in 1983. Currently has 10 departments:
- Pharmacy founded in 1991. Currently has 6 departments:
- Education founded in 1997. Currently has 3 departments:
- Informatics founded in 2000. Currently has 4 departments:
- Technological Engineering founded in 2002. Currently has 5 departments:
- Fine Arts founded in 2006. Currently has 10 departments:
- Sharia founded in 2006. Currently has 2 departments:
- Nursing founded in 2007. Currently has 8 departments:
- Agriculture II in Idlib founded in 2005. Currently has 2 departments:
- Agricultural studies
- Olive production
- Education II in Idlib founded in 2005.
- Arts and Humanities II in Idlib founded in 2005. Currently has 3 departments:
- Law II in Idlib founded in 2006. Currently has 5 departments:
- Sciences II in Idlib founded in 2007. Currently has 1 department:
- Veterinary medicine in Idlib founded in 2010.
- Administrative sciences in Idlib founded in 2011.
2 higher institutes based in Aleppo are currently operating in the university:
- Higher Institute of the History of Arabic Science founded in 1976 with 3 departments:
- Higher Institute of Languages founded in 2003.
Intermediate technical institutes
The university has 12 intermediate technical institutes with 8 of them based in Aleppo and 4 in Idlib. Studying period is for 2 years:
- Accounting and Finance
- Business administration and Marketing
- Mechanical and Electrical
- Informatics in Idlib
- Banking and Finance in Idlib
- Veterinary in Idlib
- Agriculture in Idlib
Open Studies of Aleppo University
The "Open Studies Centre" of Aleppo University was inaugurated in 2001. The centre currently offers degrees in three majors:
- Legal studies
- Computer and informatics
- Minor and intermediate projects
Currently, the university runs 6 hospitals in the city of Aleppo:
- Aleppo University Hospital (AUH)
- Aleppo University Cardiovascular Surgical Centre
- OB/GYN Hospital named after Basil al-Assad
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Centre
- Surgical Ambulance Hospital
- Al-Kindi Hospital (not operating)
The university is also home to one of the biggest libraries (Central Library of the University) in Syria with more than 1.5 million units. In addition, there are 17 academic centres, a publishing and printing house, and 20 units in the campus, designated to host more than 12 thousand students.
The university publishes its scientific journal periodically which is called Aleppo University Researches.
On 6 February 2010, Aleppo University announced the opening of its up-to-date Radio & TV Centre, which is the first of its type among Syrian universities and the 3rd in the Middle East.
- Dr. Tawfik Al-Munajed (1960–67)
- Dr. Mustafa Ezzat Al-Nassar (1968–69)
- Dr. Ahmad Y. al-Hassan (1973–79)
- Dr. Mohammad Ali Huriah (1979–2000)
- Dr. Saeed Farhoud (2001–04)
- Dr. Mohammad Nizar Akil (2005–10)
- Dr. Nidal Shehadeh (2010-2012)
- Dr. Abed Yakan (2012)
- Dr. Kheder Ourfali (2012-2013)
- Dr. Mahmoud Dahhan (2013- ...)
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