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Universities offer Syrian TV degrees

Danish program to award doctorate scholarships

BEIRUT — As if the success of the Syrian sudser biz did not provide enough fodder for social commentary, it is now available as a subject for higher studies.

The U. of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute in Damascus are jointly offering scholarships for a three-year doctorate program in Syrian TV serials. Candidates must submit a project proposal that analyzes “the production environment, the production and content of the serials themselves, or the reception of serials by Arab audiences,” according to an application form.

Two of the program’s three years will be spent in Damascus, where candidates will pursue “a detailed program of study” they set with the two institutions. In Copenhagen, the university’s Dept. for Near Eastern Studies will supervise.

Damascus has replaced Cairo as a center for TV production, as Syrian musalsalat — or TV serials — have drawn in an unprecedented number of viewers to pan-Arab broadcasters over the past few years.

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