Syrian students studying in Lebanese universities will be allowed to continue their courses in Syria next year due to the political instability in Lebanon, the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper reported Saturday. Syrian Higher Education Minister Ghayyath Barakat told the state newspaper Al-Thawra that the nation's Higher Education Council had authorized the students' enrollment in Syria's public universities for the 2007-2008 academic year. However, the decision does not apply to medical students.
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An administrator at the Beirut Arab University said that there was as yet "no reaction whatsoever" from the Syrian students to the council's new policy.
This was not the first indication that the volatile political situation in Lebanon has Syria concerned. On Friday, the Nazareth-based A-Sinara reported that Syria planned to evacuate all of its citizens from Lebanon by mid-July.
Furthermore, a Lebanese source told the newspaper, once Syrian nationals were out of the county, Syria planned to close its border crossings to Lebanon.