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Official Opening of Antioch Syrian University
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:04:39 AM »
On November 6, 2018, as a milestone in the new history of our Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the Antioch Syrian University (ASU), in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Atef Al-Naddaf, Minister of Higher Education in Syria, in ASU in Maarat Saydnaya.

The inauguration was also attended by Dr. Rakan Razouk, President of ASU, the Administrative and Academic staff, university students, in addition to a number of their Excellencies Ministers and members of the Syrian Parliament, as well as representatives of the political, cultural, and social bodies in Syria.


His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, then, gave a speech in which he considered that “Syriacs had a head start in the establishment of schools and the educational facilities in the pre-Christian era. Each monastery became a center of knowledge, especially as it was our parents who developed the first alphabet. Thus, universities in many historical Syriac cities were established to spread knowledge, such as the universities of Nisibin, Edessa, Qinnshrin and Antioch”. He noted that “Antioch was the capital of Syria in the Roman era, but has become a spiritual capital for all the Christians of the Orient”; he added, “we follow the footsteps of our Church fathers in opening ASU, so that we raise again the flame of higher education.”


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Offline IreneOlinyk

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Re: Official Opening of Antioch Syrian University
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 11:37:48 AM »
Great news.  An historical event.

Nice to see a woman taking part in the opening ceremonies:
Student Nancy Al-Khoury gave then a small speech on behalf of ASU students. She spoke about the awaited future and the hopes and aspirations the students have for ASU, wishing that graduating from ASU, students will have acquired a high quality of education.