The current academic year is not going according to plan in many Arab countries due to a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections and deteriorating economic conditions in some.
The wealthy Gulf countries could act as a reservoir for Arab talent in the region, benefiting their own economies and those of the countries that produce the talent they need.
The annual report documenting attacks on higher education and the freedom of academics details the toll the civil war in Yemen has taken on universities.
Private universities charge Yemeni students in dollars and then set their own exchange rates for rials, making education unaffordable for many.
Harnessing the power and ubiquity of mobile phones could help Yemen make online learning available to more students, an educator argues, but the idea needs more study first.
Two-thirds of all attacks on campuses and university buildings worldwide over the past five years took place in the Middle East, says a new report on attacks on education.
The attempted shift to online learning during the novel coronavirus pandemic is increasing inequality in access to education. In some countries, professors and students are suggesting online education be halted altogether.
Some Arab countries have begun evacuating students from the area under quarantine, but many students feel abandoned and want more help.
Building a knowledge-based society will be crucial to Yemen’s recovery after the war, a Yemeni professor says. He calls on wealthier countries to support that effort.
The Karama Festival, based in Jordan, uses cinema as a force for social change. This year it highlighted films from Yemen.