Out of interest in scientific research, and constant emphasis on the vital role of this database during the reconstruction phase for the job-market, Al-Watanyia Private University has participated in a workshop specialized with National Research Database held at auditorium of the faculty of Dentistry at Hama University on 20/05/2021.
This workshop was a continuation for the first phase of the blueprint of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in upgrading research concerned with creating National Research Database and launching the second phase of this database at the Syrian universities.
The workshop was inaugurated with a lecture delivered by Dr. Sahar Al-Fahoom; the vice-minister of higher education entitled “The National Research Database”, saying: “Our workshop’s motto is “Hope by work” because we firmly believe that no work, no gain. The ministry of higher education aims at establishing the national research database outline at the Syrian universities, through multi-staged plan that occurs according to the needs. This outline consists of five phases. The first one was collecting research database numerically, including database for the faculty members at the universities, institutes and research centers, database on: accredited scientific journals, and distinguished& delegated students…etc. The second phase is to spread& enhance the practice of scientific research. While, the third phase is to acknowledge the researches, their rights, and the means for motivating them, and the fourth is to strengthen the scientific environments. The fifth and last phase is to associate the scientific researches with job-market, and utilize its outputs.
Further, Dr. Al-Fahoom stated that “After a series of workshops since 2018, today we finished preparing the database which is the most difficult phase. Now, we are undertaking the second phase to understand how to utilize this database in the best practice, as to end this phase by the end of the ongoing year. Al-Fahoom announced the adoption of e-auditing system for scientific journals by the council of higher education, which to be applied in both universities of Hama, and Tartus, and to be nation-wide applied soon. In addition, Al-Fahoom mentioned that 5504 universities around the world have been academically recognized by Syria, where many others are yet to be.
The president of Hama University Dr. Mohammad Zeyad Sultan emphasized on the importance of scientific research, and the efforts made by Hama University for this project, he said: By working in teams and making huge efforts, we finished the process of making forms and database in the first phase. Now we are working on the second phase and this workshop is to understand the phases that we will work on later.
The director of “Scientific Research” department Dr. Shadi Al-Azma delivered a lecture titled “The Scientific research: Quality& Quality” where he stressed on the idea that scientific research is the only hope for our universities to uplift their ranking, explaining that we can’t build a future without studying and analyzing the past, for that, in 2017 we conducted a study about the Middle East region where Syria ranked 16 in scientific research which is considerably a good indicator, although it is humble. The number of published researches was 503, where it increased to 760 in 2020, which is foreseen good given the current circumstances that Syria had undergone through such as the migration of researchers. So that, it is crucial to support the current students in the process of publishing researches in order to ensure their future. Actually, we have witnessed an increase in the curve of the graph which is a positive indicator. Further, Dr. Al-Azma Stressed on the need to support the researcher with free references and material rewards for every accredited external publication, which he personally benefits from, with the university benefiting from raising its global classification, and raising the pillars of the national economy by investing in qualitative and applied scientific research..
The Dr. Hosam Abdlalahman, the director of Quality Assurance department, mentioned in his lecture titled “The strategy of the ministry of higher education and scientific research in quality assurance in uplifting the ranking for Syrian universities” We are exposed to a set of restrictions to implement international quality standards, including the social context, free education, university absorption, lack of resources, and weak digital transformation. We are also subjected to pressures that push us to develop quality-related strategies, including our agreement with UNESCO, including because of classification and reputation and because of international accreditations, so we have formed descriptive committees for the updated programs. Description of its decisions, and the aim of them is to improve the quality of the curriculum and the suitability while preparing the graduate for the labor market and the needs of the community, and the faculty members will be evaluated and the teaching, research, service and wire performance will be evaluated in order to motivate, develop and excel.
Dr. Abdel-Rahman also talked about criteria for accrediting scientific journals to reduce the number of useless journals and rely only on those listed by international classification institutions to raise the level of scientific research and the level of our local universities.
He concluded his lecture by talking about the cooperation project between IBSCO for global classification and the Ministry of Higher Education, saying: There is an agreement of mutual benefit for a period of 3 years as IPSCO will give us free access to the Arab world database in addition to making our scientific journals classified and available to 115 thousand joint libraries with IPSCO to raise the quality of publication. We have a fee to support it with our scientific research and our intellectual production free of charge
In a lecture entitled (Open Journals System) by Eng. Hassan Iskaf, he emphasized the importance of the electronic method because it helps publishing and electronic arbitration processes and reduces the negativity of work and shortens time, and the arbitrators database can be linked with the journal so that we have various specializations for arbitration, and because of its positive and easy use Pre-user researcher and their costs are very simple.
Eng. Rand Shaaban concluded the workshop in an intervention in which he encouraged to stop submitting research in traditional paper form and adopt it in electronic form for flexibility to work from anywhere for the researcher to follow the stages of arbitration, amendment and publication.
The workshop was attended by faculty members, university coordinators, and members of the national research database offices in the universities of Hama Governorate