With no alternative | Thousands of students study at Idlib and Aleppo universities outside regime-controlled areas
The educational process originated in areas controlled by HTS and the current Turkish-backed factions, in response to the need of students who have discontinued their education since the beginning of the revolution in 2011, due to arrests and the mandatory conscription into the regime forces, and the cutting off of roads during military operations and the regime’s control of cities.
The Syrian Interim Government opened the first university in 2015 after the factions took control of Idlib.
Private universities and institutes have also been opened, while some have been transformed into investment projects for profit, whose certificate not recognized outside the areas in which it is located.
The region is experiencing high demand for these universities, as there is no an alternative.
In north-western Syria, there are universities with thousands of students. In the center of Idlib city,”Idlib University”, which is home to approximately 18 thousand students, and licensed by the Syrian opposition’s Council of Higher Education. Their premiums vary from $75 to $150 for institutes and $150 to $400 for scientific and medical colleges.
In the northern Aleppo countryside there is the “Free Aleppo University”, based in the city of Azaz, licensed and affiliated with the Council of Higher Education, with 5,200 students, its premiums ranging from $50 to $75 for middle schools and between $125 and $250 for their colleges.
Also in Azaz, near al-Rayyan camp, “Sham International University”, with 1,250 students, supported by international organizations, provides free education for its students and also offers them free housing.
The International University of Science and Renaissance in Azaz, with 1,300 students and is a private university licensed by the Interim Government with premiums from $100 and $200 for institutes and from $200 to $500 for medical colleges and medical faculities with scholarships for students at a 40% discount on premium fees.
Near the Atma camps in Idlib countryside, the University of the “Academy of Health Sciences” has opened three institutes, nursing, physical therapy and emergency medicine, with branches and training schools in Idlib province.
Meanwhile, students and their families fear that the certificates issued by these universities would not be internationally recognizable, which take their installments in US dollars in light of the tragic situation suffered by the population.