Solomon, a nonprofit online publication, sees strength, not cause for fear, in diverse populations.
A training and mentoring program helps make them better teachers and gives them new confidence.
The government program that supports thousands of Libyan students appears to be ending and is paying students and universities extremely erratically.
Students and university administrators tell of delayed payments and poor screening of those receiving scholarships.
A Shiite university appears to have been caught up in the conflict between an Al Qaeda-sponsored group and Shiite militias.
Efforts at getting international recognition for some Iraqi higher-education programs reveal their uphill struggle.