Damascus, SANA – Under the patronage of Mrs. Asmaa al-Assad, the National Agency of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad held a ceremony on Monday in honor of the winners of the national finals of the 2014-2015 Syrian Scientific Olympiad at Al-Assad House for Culture and Arts in Damascus.
Medals and certificates were awarded to the winners during the ceremony, which was attended by Presidency Affairs Minister Mansour Azzam representing Mrs. Al-Assad. The ceremony also included an artistic show and a presentation on the Olympiad since its establishment in 2006.
The finalists are: Ahmad Abu Dan (Aleppo), Jullanar Shahoud (Homs), and Mark Jabbour (Lattakia) in math, Khaled Kalayeb al-Ishabi (Homs), Ammar Kurdi (Aleppo), and Fajr Afasha (Lattakia) in physics, Tammam Hawa (Homs), Yazan Zidan (Lattakia), and Ghifran Khalil (Damascus) in chemistry, Salim Mansour (Damascus), Nada Asaad (Homs), and Donabelle Hamamji (Aleppo) in biology, Mohammad Dweik (Aleppo), Mahmoud Hassan (Damascus Countryside), and Mohammad Zeid al-Qabaqibi (Damascus) in IT.
Higher Education Minister Mohammad Amer Mardini said the goal of the Olympiad is to help create a creative generation and develop their scientific skills and competitive spirit, while Education Minister Hazwan al-Waz said that this event shows the Syrians’ determination to excel despite difficult circumstances.
Head of the National Agency of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad Imad al-Azeb noted that the number of participants in the Olympiad has witnessed a remarkable increase over the years, with the number of participants exceeding 42,000 students, with the Agency expanding the Olympiads’ events and competitions and increasing participation in competitions abroad.
The national finals were held on Sunday with the participation of 381 students from across the country.