Syria participates in the World Mathematics Olympiad organized remotely by Russia

Syrian Scientific Olympiad students participate in the 2-day International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) organized remotely by Russia along with 622 students representing 114 countries.

The Excellence and Creativity Authority indicated in a statement today that the participating Syrian team includes secondary school students from Aleppo, Tartous, and Damascus.

The competitions, according to the authority’s statement, include two rounds of exams; each of which lasts for four and a half hours. The tests include a group of high-level questions in mathematics.  The technical measures required by the Olympic Organizing Committee in Russia have been taken, including filming a direct video of students as they submit the tests from the center assigned to them in Damascus.

WHO endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials

The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase III clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the establishment of a data and safety monitoring board for herbal medicine clinical trials.

The Syrian Virtual University (SVU), vision and challenges

  Online learning has become immensely popular in the 21st century, resulting in the creation of universities that exist only online.

The Syrian Virtual University is an accredited state university established by a legislative decree in 2002. It is based on online learning that uses the Internet to deliver lessons. Students can obtain a university degree if they have a computer system that meets the technological requirements of that virtual university.

The SVU seeks to occupy a prominent and leading position among global universities in the field of E-learning in the region. The aim is to qualify human resources in order to meet international academic and professional standards and to meet the needs of the national and regional labor markets in various domains. 

The SVU also plans to attract the best educational and research experiences and make them part of a scientific network in which the learner and the graduate can interact.

Syria Times interviewed DR. Khalil Ajami, President of the Syrian Virtual University, who kindly answered our questions.

Syrian Scientist Mamoun Taher wins the largest innovation prize in Sweden

 STOCKHOLM, (ST)- Syrian scientist and researcher, Dr. Mamoun Taher, has won the SKAPA award, Sweden's largest innovation prize, for his prestigious research on developing the Graphene material and applying the Graphene technology in different industries.

Last year, Dr. Taher received the King's Award for Science and Technology in Sweden for the best scientific research that has positive impacts on the development of human civilization.

In a statement to SANA, Dr. Taher said he will continue doing research that makes a difference in life through presenting research works and patents, speeding up innovation and developing the skills of the group of researchers working with him so that this group will be the first option and reference for researchers in Graphene technology around the world.

Launching of data science camp, the first of its kind in Syria, to train children and adolescents

With the participation of 20 trainees, the Artificial Intelligence Club at the Syrian Computer Society for Informatics Lattakia branch, launched an IT camp, the first of its kind at the Syrian level, to train children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 in Information technology and data science to help them acquire data analysis skills, which are considered one of the most important requirements for future labor market.

On this new experience, Eng. Maryam Jawdat Fayyoud, Head of the Syrian Computer Society, Lattakia Branch, reported about this training camp:

"This camp is considered the first of its kind in the quality of specialization and the age group targeted. Firstly, we chose data science, which is considered one of the most recent and most important domains of sciences in the world. The economies of the major developed countries depend on big data and various specializations, in this context the Artificial Intelligence Club was asked to set An educational training plan for these different concepts in a way that suits the second aspect that we adopted in the camp, which is the targeted  age group, here adolescents, based on our firm belief in the ability of adolescents to obtain these sciences and establishing pioneers in the future in this field."