Enrolment to Rojava University begins today
The Rojava University, one of the greatest achievements of the 19 July Rojava Revolution, was established in Qamishlo in 2016.
The Rojava University began providing academic services with its modest resources. The university forms the basis of an educational institution with its excellent opportunities in both the academy and administration world and establishes academic and scientific relations with international institutions.
From 252 to 720 students in two years
Thanks to its academic staff, the Rojava University has the power to monitor students and teachers, carry out scientific research and generate resources. It also prompt serious projects to improve and advance the education system. The number of students at the university was 252 in the first year, but reached 720 in 2018.
8 Faculties and plans for new ones
There are 8 faculties within the university, namely the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Petrochemical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Language and Faculty of Social Sciences. In addition, the university plans to establish the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology, and also includes the Mechatronics High School and the School of Finance and Management Sciences.
The education system at Rojava University is different from universities in Syria and the Middle East. The vehicular languages used at the university, which has a co-chair system in its faculties, are Kurdish and Arabic.
The Executive Committee of the Rojava University says that they are working to create the most suitable environment for education. Laboratory studies are increased and emphasis is put on scientific research. The most important problems faced by the administration are financial and logistical.
The mission of the university is to build a democratic, free society
The mission of the university is to build a democratic, free society, to establish strong relationships between teachers and students, to organize the relationship between students and management and teachers and management.
There have been important changes in the university's evaluation system in the past years. Many scientific methods in the world have been tried and the most suitable one has been chosen. However, the uniqueness of Rojava University started to increase.
Active continuity (Student participation) is a key part and failure to meet the required rate of attendance will result in the student failure. Participation in collective work, creativity and activism is also an important part of the student assessment. Grades average is determined for research, homework, experiments, science lessons, projects and writing experience, and writing experience was also added.
New agreements with universities around the world
This year, the number of preparatory classes has also been added. Students admitted to the university attend preparatory courses in the first year. The next year, they begin to decide their main courses. Decisions regarding university administration are taken by the University Executive Council, the University Council, the Women's Council and the Student Council.
According to the Board of Directors, a "coding and exchange" agreement was reached with the University of California at the end of the summer of 2019. The protocol signing process continues within the scope of the project, and the same arrangement was made with the University of Parma in Italy.
A group from the university is trying to connect with universities in the USA and connect with Kurdish academics through online meetings through the "Zoom" platform. This group has also developed a joint program for coordination and collaboration in areas such as scientific research, books and workshops.
University officials also participated in international workshops. One of these workshops was titled "The danger faced by social sciences" and was attended by academics from the USA, France, Brazil, South Africa and other countries, another was called "World Heritage Conservation" and was held at Baghdad University of Technology.
Online international meetings
Rojava University Executive Board said that the latest project it has implemented supports the step that the university started on 19 July. With this step, the university welcomed more than 100 academics from Australia, Brazil, Italy, France, England, Canada, Albania. The board said: “The academics who visited us showed their support to our institutions. Some of them agreed to participate in the University Academy Board as guest members, to give seminars, to check master theses, to buy books and to provide financial support.”
The university's efforts to get in touch with other leading universities in the world are also ongoing. Among these are the universities of Dresden in Germany and Washington in the USA.
Students needs met by the university
The most basic needs of the students are ensured by the university administration. Accommodation is also provided, with priority given to students from outside Qamishlo. Food expenses are also covered by the university. Scholarships are given to students from Afrin, Serêkaniyê and Girê Spî.
The university administration aims to increase the scholarships for students instead of providing food money. At the same time, the building of a new dormitory is among the projects of the University.
Today enroling will begin
Working in coordination with the Autonomous Administration institutions, the university administration develops projects to offer job opportunities to graduating students.
So far, 223 students have graduated from the university, 1,460 students continue their education. University registrations begins today 25 August. Approximately 850 students are planned to be admitted to the university this year.