Turkish university to open campus in Syria’s al-Bab

Turkey’s Harran University, in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, is preparing to open a campus in the Syrian city of al-Bab, Doğan News Agency (DHA) reported.

The new university in the city of al-Bab, which the Turkish military seized in a cross border operation in February of 2017, hopes to attract students from the neighbouring towns of Jarabulus and Afrin who have been left without post-secondary education options, DHA said.

The curriculum will be in Turkish, Arabic and English, said Ali Sarıışık, assistant rector for Harran University.

‘’We wanted to be a door of hope for Syrian youth,’’ said Harran University Rector Ramazan Taşaltın. He said the university was looking to fill a large void in education in the region.

Turkey’s operation into al-Bab in November 2016 was meant to be a precursor to taking the Syrian town of Manbij, but in February 2017, the government announced the incursion would stop there.