Mohammad Alahmad, a Syrian academic, speaks at a New University in Exile Consortium event last week. Alahmad continued teaching at Raqqa University until ISIS shut down the school. “I decided to stay to help students,” he said, “to continue teaching as much as we can.” He and his family left Syria after the university was shut down.

Mohammad Alahmad, a Syrian academic, speaks at a New University in Exile Consortium event last week. Alahmad continued teaching at Raqqa University until ISIS shut down the school. "I decided to stay to help students," he said, "to continue teaching as much as we can." He and his family left Syria after the university was shut down.

Mohammad Alahmad, a Syrian academic, speaks at a New University in Exile Consortium event last week. Alahmad continued teaching at Raqqa University until ISIS shut down the school. “I decided to stay to help students,” he said, “to continue teaching as much as we can.” He and his family left Syria after the university was shut down.

Mohammad Alahmad, a Syrian academic, speaks at a New University in Exile Consortium event last week. Alahmad continued teaching at Raqqa University until ISIS shut down the school. “I decided to stay to help students,” he said, “to continue teaching as much as we can.” He and his family left Syria after the university was shut down.