Damascus, SANA – A workshop on correlating university research activities with the society’s needs was held Saturday at Da0mascus University stadium with the participation of researchers in various scientific specialties and university departments.
Over a seven day period, the workshop, the second in this regard, will discuss issues related to climate and geological changes, investing modern technology in local industry, renewable and alternative energy sources, developing food and medicine industry, improving medical and dental care, regional planning and sustainable development, cultural, intellectual and political construction of the society and legislative and administrative development.
Connecting research with needs is “a key tangible step towards translating the objectives and message of the universities,” Minister of Higher Education Mohammad Amer al-Mardini said in a speech at the opening of the workshop.
This correlation is required for meeting the society’s aspirations in the various domains and keeping pace with the technical advancements witnessed in the world, he added, citing the significant support provided to scientific research in the country.
Rector of Damascus University Mohammad Hassan al-Kurdi voiced the University’s keenness to have scientific research in the higher study stage be focused on meeting the growing development, economic and social requirements of the society.
“What distinguishes this workshop is having representatives of public and private sector and Damascus University researchers putting forth new ideas towards unifying research efforts,” al-Kurdi said.
The aspiration is for researches to be at a level where they could effectively contribute to resolving many of the problems facing the private and public sectors, according to Jamal al-Abbas, the Rector’s Deputy for Scientific Research and Higher Studies Affairs.
He noted that up to 800 figures are nominated to take part in the workshop’s axes of discussions, pointing out that the number of MA and PhD dissertations at the University that are under study exceeds 5,000.
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