Tunisian Engineers vs Higher Education Ministry

Khaoula Sliti / 16 Feb 2018 / News

In Tunisia, the biggest group representing engineers has caused controversy by criticizing the country’s higher education ministry over its perceived failure to maintain academic standards.

A Regional Survey: How Arab Countries Regulate Quality in Higher Education

Rasha Faek / 12 Sep 2017 / News

An Al-Fanar Media survey of the quality assurance for higher education in 16 Arab countries found heavy regulation of the licensing of higher-education institutions but little in the way of follow up to monitor quality.

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.

New Egyptian High-School Exam Seeks to Fight Cheating

Menna Farouk / 23 Jan 2017 / News

Ministry of Education hopes exam papers will be harder to leak on social media.

In Egypt, Bribes Help the Illiterate Pass Tests

Ahmed Atef / 29 Nov 2016 / News

A corrupt system is allowing thousands of illiterate people to pass literacy tests. Those people go on to use literacy certificates to get government jobs and driving licenses.

New Report Strikes an Optimistic Note on Arab Education

Wagdy Sawahel / 11 Nov 2016 / News

The U.K.-based Commonwealth Secretariat ranks Arab countries as doing fairly well on Arab educational development, compared to their international peers.

UAE Higher Education: The Struggle for Quality

Burton Bollag / 22 Sep 2016 / News

A recent study points to a need for better oversight and more coordination of the rapidly growing university sector.

The Ethical Minefield of International Partnerships

Burton Bollag / 19 Aug 2016 / News

The view that every international partnership is a force for good has been replaced by a more cautious approach reflecting core academic values.

Exams in Tents: A Symbol of Deterioration?

Ahmed ElShamy / 01 Jul 2016 / News

Cairo University students say university services and facilities are declining. The administration says it is being fiscally responsible.

Global Competitiveness Report Puts Egypt in the Dust

Ahmed ElShamy / 27 Oct 2015 / News

The annual World Economic Forum places Egypt next to last in education among the countries it ranks. Critics say the report isn’t fair.