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Among the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' primary goals is the promotion of the Italian culture, language and science abroad. The IICs are not only the ideal meeting place for both Italian and foreign cultural operators, but they also represent a landmark for the Italian expatriate community while meeting the growing demand for Italian culture worldwide.

The IIC in Damascus, inaugurated in february 2000, has quickly risen to become a catalyst for cultural events in the Syrian capital as well as in the rest of the Country. The IIC is dedicated to organize numerous activities year round ranging from both modern and classical music to contemporary art, cinema and dance, lectures and worshops...

Finally, for those interested in the "Italian Way", the IIC in Damascus runs a number of Italian-language courses and an extensive information service providing educational inquiries about scholarships granted by some of Italy's leading universities.