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Studying Medicine in Time of War

Al-Fanar Media Reporting Team / 15 Oct 2017 / News

A student who entered medical school in Syria in 2011 persevered through six years of conflict.

Researchers Find Vitamin D Deficiency High In Arab Women

Benjamin Plackett / 04 Oct 2017 / News

Vitamin D deficiency in the region is worryingly high but experts disagree on whether doctors should recommend supplements.

A School of Fine Arts Feels the Effects of War

Al-Fanar Media Reporting Team / 04 Oct 2017 / News

A well-regarded institution within Damascus University has managed to stay open during Syria’s civil war, but not without changes.

Research Results Are Increasingly Available For Free

Edward Fox / 29 Sep 2017 / Resources

A movement to make the fruits of research available without charge has helped students and faculty members gain access to an increasing number of academic articles.

A Kuwaiti Academic Fights for Embracing Diversity

Aisha Elgayar / 27 Sep 2017 / News

Ibtihal Al-Khatib adopts critical thinking as a lifestyle and a teaching method to her students at Kuwait University.

Academic Freedom Report Highlights Repression in Turkey

Edward Fox / 26 Sep 2017 / News

A report by Scholars at Risk details more than 250 attacks on academic freedom in 35 countries over the past year.

With Mass Arrests, Saudi Arabia Silences Independent Voices

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Sep 2017 / Opinion

The detainees include scholars, preachers and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum.

Referendum on Kurdistan’s Independence Echoes in Education

Gilgamesh Nabeel, Jacob Wirtschafter / 23 Sep 2017 / News

The governance of Kurdistan’s many universities and the fate of its minority students are among the issues that are up in the air as the region votes on an independence referendum.

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