The leader of the Word Bank’s higher-education efforts talks about the institution’s efforts in the MENA region and responds to longstanding suspicions.
Private universities could magnify inequalities and erode the quality of Arab public higher education. But they could also drive innovation, writes a scholar of comparative education.
A scholar studying Muslim-Christian relations had an unsettling experience as he returned home from his studies.
University students interviewed in the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan reveal the nonviolent roots of the uprising.
Shereen El Feki, an independent scholar, started out as an immunologist but has gone on to apply that science’s systematic approach to study sexuality in the Middle East.
A veteran of student affairs moved to the United Arab Emirates and found that the profession was practiced entirely differently there.
A recent policy decision in Egypt is heading the country back to more specialized higher education, instead of towards the broader curriculum needed for universities to power the economy and enlighten citizens.
In many Arab countries, university admissions is forcing youth into careers that they have no interest in, derailing economies instead of fueling them, and adding to social resentment.
Khaled Fahmy argues that the lack of understanding of the nature and value of a liberal education poses the gravest danger to Arab education.