Gader Gad Nassar steps down as president of Cairo University this month. His supporters say he has helped defend the institution from political and religious divisiveness.
As boycott persists, students face disruptions and officials warn of longer-term impact.
As the country’s conflict drags on, university buildings have been bombed, professors have lost their salaries and university students find their lectures empty.
Hatoon al Fassi, a Saudi scholar, has provoked controversy in Qatar for arguing that the Koran, correctly interpreted, supports the empowerment of women.
Turkish universities in border regions are giving more secure jobs to Syrians academics who can teach refugee students in Arabic.
Grassroots and government initiatives hope to spread a culture of reading in the Arab region.
Low fees and breadth of choice have led to a huge rise in Arab and foreign students in Egypt.
Tunisian universities attract many international students. The visitors praise the universities, but complain of racism and other obstacles.
The Academic Freedom Monitoring Report, a project of Scholars at Risk, has highlighted Egypt, especially the bans there that prevent professors from traveling.
Although many of Sudan’s best and brightest have fled the country, they band together to support education and research.