Saudi Cuts in Student Aid Leave Some Struggling

Aisha Elgayar / 15 Feb 2018 / News

The government has not said when or how it will resume an internal scholarship program it suspended two years ago.

Report Shows Arab World’s Differing Opinions on Freedom of Expression

Benjamin Plackett / 08 Dec 2017 / News

Freedom of speech is diminishing globally and Arab countries are leading this trend. But their citizens disagree as to whether fading freedom is a problem.

Arrested Saudi Prince Has Been a Major Academic Donor

Eric J. Lyman / 06 Nov 2017 / News

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has supported centers at some of the world’s best-known universities. Now he is under house arrest.

Researchers Find Pollution from Cosmetics in Gulf Waters

Benjamin Plackett / 14 Jul 2017 / News

In the Arabian Gulf, researchers have found high concentrations of tiny plastic beads that may carry toxic pollutants. But their work has been hobbled by the recent rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Diplomatic Crisis Over Qatar Worries Gulf Educators

Eman Kamel / 27 Jun 2017 / News

As boycott persists, students face disruptions and officials warn of longer-term impact.

Arab Students Caught in Regional Conflict With Qatar

Aisha Elgayar / 13 Jun 2017 / News

After many Arab countries broke relations with Qatar, Qataris abroad are facing the consequences and Arab students and professors in Qatar also feel threatened.

Women and Islam: A Topic that Troubles

Ursula Lindsey / 10 Mar 2017 / News

Hatoon al Fassi, a Saudi scholar, has provoked controversy in Qatar for arguing that the Koran, correctly interpreted, supports the empowerment of women.

Arab Universities and MOOCs: Cautious Cooperation

Sabah Hamamou / 07 Mar 2017 / News

While Arab youth are eager to use the Arab massive open online courses’ platforms, Arab academic institutions seem reluctant to cooperate with such organizations

Academics Uneasy About Honorary Degrees for Rulers

Wagdy Sawahel / 03 Feb 2017 / News

Awarding symbolic doctorates to political rulers has a long and controversial history at Arab Universities.

Five Years After the Arab Spring, Report Warns of New Uprising

Edward Fox / 11 Dec 2016 / News

With two thirds of the Arab population under 30, a United Nations agency makes an urgent call for economic and political reform.