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University of Damascus

Damascus University
جامعة دمشق
File:Damascus University.png
Seal of the University of Damascus
Motto "وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا" And say: My Lord, increase me in knowledge (20:114).
Established 1923
Type Public
President Mohammad Amer Al Mardini [1]
Admin. staff 2,173
Students around 190`000 [1]
Location Damascus, Syria
Website English official site

The University of Damascus (Arabic: جامعة دمشق‎, Jāmi‘atu Dimashq) is the largest and oldest university in Syria, located in the capital Damascus and has campuses in other Syrian cities. It was founded in 1923 through the merger of the School of Medicine (established 1903) and the Institute of Law (established 1913), also making it the oldest university in modern-day Syria. Until 1958 it was named the Syrian University, but the name changed after the founding of the University of Aleppo. Today, there are six other public universities and more than 10 private ones in Syria.

The University of Damascus consists of several faculties, Higher Institutes, intermediate institutes and a School of Nursing. There is an institution specialized in teaching the Arabic language to foreigners, which is the largest institution of its kind in the Arab world.[2]


Damascus University is the oldest Higher Education institution in Syria, and is considered the mother university of Syria's universities. It has its origin in the medical Institute (founded in 1901) named the "Syrian University" in 1923. The present title was adopted in 1953 after founding of new faculties. The further development of Damascus University was given the highest priority. This fact made it the leading university in Syria. At present, Damascus University, as is the case with the other Syrian Universities, is going through crucial development at all levels. This is being done to improve its position on the level of research and scientific development, so that it can play a key role in backing up the process of building and modernization led by President Bashar Al-Assad. Damascus University is a pioneer of publication and instruction in Arabic, emphasizing the importance of mastering the sciences, and also linking between the past, the present, and the envisioned future of Syria.[3]

Strategic plan

The website of School gives the Strategic Plan:

The strategic plan of Damascus University is the product of the comprehensive self-evaluation begun in 2006 and the extensive consultation with key representatives of faculties and administrative departments and directorates in the University. The primary purpose of the plan is to improve the quality of the full range of University activities. A secondary purpose is to provide clarity and focus for all staff members and employees of the University to share the mission, vision and priorities for improvement. The plan incorporates the mission statement into a set of objectives, each detailed into a number of measures, a time-table for implementation spanning from the 4th quarter of 2007 till the 4th quarter of 2010, and assigned responsibilities. The strategic plan also identifies key areas for early consideration in the University, adopts a phased approach moving in stages to more advanced and challenging objectives and locates potential financial resources and technical support required to achieve its objectives. In principle, the plan provides a flexible framework that enables all University faculties and departments to formulate their own operational plans, and estimate necessary human and material resources. The strategic plan was formally adopted by the University Council in October 2007. The University is already beginning to implement some of its elements. The plan is presented in the following pages in a tabular form headed by each of its twelve strategic objectives.

The full PDF of Strategic Plan with Objectives and Solutions.


These are 16 faculties which the university is divided into: The Faculty of Economics offers Bachelor's of Science, Master of Science and PhD in Economics in one of the following specializations: Banking and Insurance, Business Administration, Statistics, Accounting, and Economics, The BSc program is a 4 years program covering 12 courses per year, which brings the total to 48 courses in the four years, the first two years supply students with foundation courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, principles of management, accounting, mathematics, statistics and other courses. After finishing the first two years, student choose one of the above specializations. The faculty also offer undergraduate degree via the open learning scheme and technical and professional courses in Accounting and other business fields (E.g.: courses in International Accounting and Auditing Standards). The Faculty also has some international post-graduate programs with University of Marburg (Germany) and University of Bordeaux IV (France). However, these programs have been suspended starting from 2011 due to the deterioration of security situation in Syria and the worsening of relations between Syria and the EU. It also includes these institutions:

  • Higher Institute for Administrative Development

Established in the 70s, It offers the following degrees (PG Diplomas, Master and PhD)

  • Higher Institute of Earthquake Studies and Research
  • Higher Institute for Laser Research And Application
  • Technical Institutes of the University of Damascus:

Damascus University, said the institutes are institutes of the University of Damascus and the duration of the study and the two of them when they graduate students receive a Diploma from the Institute itself according to the jurisdiction of their choice, and institutes of the University of Damascus:

    • Technical Institute of Business Administration and Marketing

, And where the following disciplines: Business Administration - Marketing - Public Relations

    • Technical Institute of Finance and Banking Sciences (formerly

known as the (Commercial institute), offers Associate degrees in the following disciplines: Accounting - financial markets - banking studies, The best students are offered the opportunity to continue their education at the Faculty of Economics

    • Technical Institute of Medicine
    • Technical Institute of Dentistry
    • Technical Institute of Engineering
    • Technical Institute of Mechanical Engineering and electricity
    • Technical Institute of Computer Science
    • Technical Institute of Agricultural studies

On 13 November 2012, the President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on establishing a branch for Damascus University in Quneitra, a city in the Syrian Heights.[4]

The Arabic Language Institute at the University of Damascus is regularly recognized as the best center to study Arabic for non-native speakers in the world. The Center for Arabic Study abroad, the premier U.S. organization for Arabic study, is now opening a second branch at the University. The Arabic Language Institute at the University of Damascus is known for immersion instruction in Arabic, allowing more rapid, natural and comprehensive language acquisition. The Arabic Language Institute’s faculty is committed to classical Arabic instruction, offering a comparative advantage to either Egypt or Jordan where much instruction is conducted in the local dialect. See official web Site of Damascus University

The University of Damascus Library began in 1903 (with the establishment of the Medical Bureau).[5] As of 2011 it contains some 169,000 volumes and 3,830 current periodicals.[6]

Notable alumni


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Coordinates: 33°30′41″N 36°17′29″E / 33.51139°N 36.29139°E / 33.51139; 36.29139

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