University of Aleppo

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University of Aleppo
جامعة حلب
Logo university of aleppo.jpg
Seal of the University of Aleppo
Established 1958
Type Public
President Dr. Abed Yakan
Academic staff 25 faculties and 10 intermediate colleges
Undergraduates 55,732
Postgraduates 4,386
Doctoral students 1,525
Location Aleppo, Syria

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.

The University has over 61,000 undergraduate students, over 1,500 graduate students and approximately 2400 faculty members as of the 2005/2006 school year.


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 in Civil Engineering and Agriculture. The University grew rapidly in the subsequent decades, forming respected programs in engineering, sciences, and literature, as well as a strong emphasis on languages, offering courses on the German, Russian, French, and English languages, in addition to Arabic.

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, people were killed by two explosions 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 said 82 people were killed.1

Aleppo University Strongholds

Aleppo University Strongholds refers to the students and graduates of Aleppo University.The name is established in 2013 by group of medical students.The name is derived from Aleppo citadel which is the symbol of Aleppo city and its University. “Strongholds always help each other to achieve their goals” “Strongholds have integrity, courage and ambition and can’t tolerate the ones who don’t ”



The faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Aleppo University

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:

  • Agriculture II in Idlib founded in 2005. Currently has 2 departments:
    • Agricultural studies
    • Olive production
  • Education II in Idlib founded in 2005.
  • Sciences II in Idlib founded in 2007. Currently has 1 department:
    • Mathematics

Higher institutes

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:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Informatics
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • 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 5 hospitals in the city of Aleppo:

  • Aleppo University Hospital (AUH)
  • Aleppo University Cardiovascular Surgical Centre
  • OB/GYN Hospital named after Basil al-Assad
  • Al-Kindi Hospital
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Centre

Other structures

The university is also 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, 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.3


  1. Dr. Tawfik Al-Munajed (1960–67)
  2. Dr. Mustafa Ezzat Al-Nassar (1968–69)
  3. Dr. Ahmad Y. al-Hassan (1973–79)
  4. Dr. Mohammad Ali Huriah (1979–2000)
  5. Dr. Saeed Farhoud (2001–04)
  6. Dr. Mohammad Nizar Akil (2005–10)
  7. Dr. Nidal Shehadeh (2010-2012)
  8. Dr. Abed Yakan (2012)
  9. Dr. Kheder Ourfali (2012)
  10. Dr. Samer Tarakji (2013-


  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". 

Coordinates: 36°12′40″N 37°07′06″E / 36.21111°N 37.11833°E / 36.21111; 37.11833

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