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As the novel coronavirus sweeps through the Arab region, Al-Fanar Media is monitoring how it is affecting those facets of the Arab world that we focus on: higher education, research, and arts and culture. The Covid-19 pandemic has blocked students’ education, shuttered the art world, and revealed how badly the Arab region needs its own public health and research infrastructure.

With the lockdowns being enforced around the region and many individuals in quarantine, the public face-to-face gatherings that once fueled education and the arts have gone dark.

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Young Damascus Doctors Are on the Pandemic’s Front Lines in Hospitals and Patients’ Homes

Riham Alkousaa | 22 Oct 2020

Fresh Syrian medical school graduates learning their profession in hospitals and starting public health initiatives are at high risk of coronavirus infections.

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Vocational Education in the Arab Region Faces Challenges in Shifting Online

Al-Fanar Correspondent | 13 Oct 2020

Vocational schools teach practical skills and enroll many disadvantaged students—a combination that’s difficult to adapt to online learning.

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Interest in Online Courses Surges in the Middle East

Jeffrey R. Young | 12 Oct 2020

Online course providers like Coursera and edX have seen a spike in demand for their courses from institutions in the Middle East and North Africa since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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For Students With Disabilities, the Pandemic Adds Another Barrier

Melanie Swan, Tarek Abd El-Galil | 08 Oct 2020

Covid-19 has largely heightened the inequality that disabled students already face, although for a small proportion of students, it has moved education to their homes and let them study more at their own pace.

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The Secret Weapon of Good Online Teaching: Discussion Forums

Flower Darby | 06 Oct 2020

6 ways to lead meaningful class discussions in an asynchronous online forum

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Gaza’s University Students Drop Out at an Accelerating Rate Due to the Pandemic

Asma' Jawabreh | 05 Oct 2020

The intensifying Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and the lockdowns due to Covid-19 are driving impoverished, discouraged students to abandon higher education.

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M-Learning in Yemen: Mobile Phones Could Help Expand Online Education

Rais Attamimi | 29 Sep 2020

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.

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Hospitality Education in the Mideast Stays on Course Despite Covid-19

Melanie Swan, Tarek Abd El-Galil | 28 Sep 2020

The pandemic stalled tourism and deeply cut the revenues it produces, but students continue to enroll in hospitality education programs, hoping the industry bounces back.

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A Survey Reveals How the Pandemic Has Hurt MENA Research

Gail Buttorff, Marwa Shalaby, Nermin Allam | 23 Sep 2020

A survey of scholars done in the late spring and early summer that included researchers who study the MENA region showed the pandemic’s adverse effects and the occasional beneficial ones on research, the authors of the survey say.

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Despite Controversy, Emirati-Israeli Research Cooperation Has Kicked Off

Melanie Swan | 20 Sep 2020

The decision to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel angered many in the Arab region. Still, some see it as an opportunity to support research.




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