New Russian language center for teaching coordination opens up at Damascus University due to high popular demand


October 9th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– SANA – – translated by Samer Hussein –


A Russian center for coordinated cooperation in Russian language teaching has just opened up in the Syrian capital city of Damascus. 

The center will operate as part of the International and Cultural Relations Department of Damascus University.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Syrian Minister of Higher Education, Atef Naddaf, who highlighted the importance of the center in terms of boosting the teaching of a Russian language, a thing that would strengthen the ties between the two nations, especially since the Russian language is now included in the curriculum of the Syrian schools.

“This of vourse requires properly-qualified cadres who will be able to teach the Russian language with high-level proficiency”, Naddaf said.

For her part, the head of the Russian language center, Svetlana Rodygina, explained that one of the reasons for establishing a new center was an increased demand of learning the Russian language among the Syrians, meaning a highly skilled cadre is required for proper teaching. 

She noted that center will offer the process of learning the Russian language through coordinated cooperation between the Syrian and Russian universities, particularly Synergy University (Moscow University for Industry and Finance) which will also provide all relevant books and references to the Russian Language Department at Damascus University.

In his press statement, the Syrian Minister of Education Hazwan Al Wazz noted that there are currently 170 schools in Syria that teach Russian as a second foreign language, available to at least 15,000 students.

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