University of Aleppo

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University of Aleppo
جامعة حلب
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General view of the university
RectorDr. Mustafa Afuni
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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 post graduate students and approximately 2,400 faculty members. The university has 25 faculties and 10 intermediate colleges.


The university during the 1960s

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 main entrance to the University of Aleppo

The university is member of the European Permanent University Forum (EPUF), the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) and the Regional Corporation Confremo.[citation needed]

The university has joint co-operative programmes with many international institutions of higher educations from the Arab World, United States, 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.[citation needed]

During 2008, the University of Aleppo marked its golden jubilee.

On 15 January 2013, 82 people were killed during the Aleppo University bombings or airstrike as reported by students 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.[1]



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:

The faculty of Arts and Humanities
The faculty of Economics

Higher institutes

Two higher institutes based in Aleppo are operating in the university:

Intermediate technical institutes

The university has 12 intermediate technical institutes with eight of them based in Aleppo and four in Idlib. Studying period is for two years:

Open Studies

The Open Studies Centre was inaugurated in 2001. The centre offers degrees in three majors:


Aleppo University Cardiovascular Surgical Centre

The university runs six hospitals in the city of Aleppo:

Other structures

The university is home to one of the biggest libraries (Central Library of the University)[2] 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, the university announced the opening of its Radio & TV Centre, which is the first of its type among Syrian universities and the third in the Middle East.[3]


Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Syria crisis: Dozens killed by Aleppo university blasts". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ World Guide to Libraries (25 ed.), De Gruyter Saur, 2011
  3. ^ "Aksalser news: 6 February 2010".
  4. ^ Wright, Robin (20 October 2019). "America's Ally in Syria Warns of Ethnic Cleansing by Turkey". New Yorker. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "92nd Academy Awards (Documentary Feature) Nominations". Retrieved 2020-02-17.