AANES’ Kobani University inaugurates new campus

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The University of Kobani inaugurated on Sunday its new campus south of the city of Kobani in northern Syria. 

The opening ceremony was attended by many prominent figures from Northeast Syria, along with hundreds of residents from the city of Kobani and students from other universities in the region of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

During the opening ceremony, Shervan Muslim, co-chair of the university, delivered a speech emphasizing the significance of the university, saying “The oppressive systems of the past, rooted in racism and nationalism, stripped us of our language and culture.”

He added, “Today, thanks to the sacrifices of our martyrs, we are teaching our own language and learning our own culture.”

The University of Kobani is one of the four universities in the AANES-held region. It was established on Dec. 10, 2017 and has many faculties and departments.

The building, located near the village of Mazra’at Sufi to the south of Kobani, covers an area of 1,500 m². It consists of 36 classrooms, a spacious auditorium, a central library, and various administrative offices.

Currently, Kobani University has approximately 1,500 students. It comprises three faculties: the Faculty of Literature, the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Additionally, the university consists of five institutes, namely the Institutes of Educational Sciences, Medicine, Technology, Administrative and Legal Sciences, and Languages.

In September 2014, ISIS launched a war on the city of Kobani and took control of the entire countryside and a large area of the city. Months later, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), supported by the U.S. air force managed to defeat the terrorist group militarily in January 2015.

By Shella Abdulhalim