<P>Q: Many people may not know about the impressive history of science, medicine, and public health in Syria. Can you tell us more about the university system, and the state of science and WHFKQRORJ\\EHIRUHWKHFRQ?LFW began? A: In order to place in university in Syria, students must take a national examination called the High School Baccalaureate. The score achieved by students on their baccalaureate determines where they will be placed within the university system. The students professions are determined by the score they NOOR SHAKFEH HAPPENING NOW: SYRIA Page 8 ยป Happening Now achieve on the baccalaureate. Students do not go to college in Syria ?WKH\\JRGLUHFWO\\LQWRSURIHVVLRQDO school. However, in the case that students are not able to achieve DVSHFL?FVFRUHEXWWKH\\KDYHWKH ?QDQFLDOPHDQVWKH\\DUHDEOHWRJR to a private university in or outside of Syria in order to have the education that they desire. Unfortunately, the system has been corrupted by the Syrian government. Students who support the government get marks added to their scores even when they do not earn them. As a result, in Syria, it is possible to attain a certain level of education simply on the basis of the people you know. We hear a lot about Syria in the news, but what you might not know is how the conflict is affecting the nations education and health infrastructure, and what it means for young people. We talk with Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American student who is working tirelessly to share the story of the Syrian people. 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