When Egypt student election results were announced they indicated that students could be independent of the political domination of the Muslim Brotherhood. But now the election’s results may get thrown out.
A generation of Arabs faces the growth of English-language instruction, the increased literary use of colloquial Arabic, and the fading ability to master classical Arabic.
The president of the United Arab Emirates has appointed new heads of the three federal universities in a second phase of a higher-education governance shakeup.
A leftist, non Islamist party scored a surprise victory in student elections in Tunisia, indicating a slide from power for the moderate Islamist political party “Ennahda” that has dominated national elections.
The only public university in Lebanon has not been able to hire any new, full-time professors since 2008. So as older professors retire, the university fills up with part-time contract professors.
A federal court has struck down the right of the Egyptian education ministry to enforce twice-a-year evaluations on University of Alexandria professors. Opponents of the evaluations said the government should not be interfering in such university matters. Now professors at other Egyptian universities may seek similar rulings.
U.S. accreditation, a sought-after prize for some Arab universities, might get pulled when American values clash with those of countries where security concerns can override academic ones.
Across the Arab region, a few programs focus on helping women get the skills and attitudes they need to find and hold a job.
The high unemployment rate of educated Arab youth is well known, but in many countries female graduates have a particularly hard time finding a job.
A mortar attack on the architecture school at the University of Damascus last week was the latest wound to what is left of Syrian higher education. Syrian students, both in Syria and its neighbors, are finding it hard to get an education.