CAIRO: The Open Education Center (OPC) of Cairo University will open a branch in Turkey to serve Iraqi and Syrian immigrants, head of OPC Abdel Hamid AbouNaem told Youm7 Friday.
An agreement was signed to start the project, Naem said, despite strained relations between Egypt and Turkey since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
OPC’s branch in Turkey’s Taksim Square is planned to deliver seven programs, including mass communication, commerce and Dar al-Oloum, a program that specializes in Arabic and Islamic studies, Naem said, adding that Dar al-Oloum is particularly important for Turkish people to improve their Arabic.
OPC also has branches in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, according to Naem.
Many Syrians have fled to Turkey, and other states, since their country descended into bloody unrest in 2011. Iraqis also began to flee their homes to several countries, including Turkey, after the Islamic State took hold of a number of Iraqi cities and intensified their insurgent activities against the government and many civilians of different sects and ethnicities.
Additional reporting by WaelRabei.