As Lebanon’s economic plight worsens, some universities are cutting faculty and staff positions. Some professors are raising concerns about the future of education.
Advances by Arab scientists, such as a faster new coronavirus test developed in Jordan, could benefit their home countries and the world. Universities and governments must do more to help put such discoveries into use.
The Arab region already lagged in government spending on research. Now, with oil prices in decline and Covid-19 taking hold, spending levels could fall further
Sesame, the region’s only synchrotron, is well versed in upheaval. But the pandemic promises more pressure on the project’s shoestring budget.
The campuses have seen costs rise as they move to online teaching. Meanwhile, they worry that enrollments could drop, with foreign students unable to travel.
A Beirut television station’s investigation accuses the government of inflating the number of refugee students in school and misusing millions of dollars paid by international donors.
In the wake of political turmoil, sharp currency devaluation, and economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Lebanese students are having to quit their education. Universities are slashing budgets and employees just to survive.
Engineering and medical schools are collaborating to design ventilators, and government projects are attracting hundreds of researchers. Industry and investors are helping, too.
Funding groups in the Arab world and elsewhere are offering assistance to artists and other creative workers who face difficulties because of the Covid-19 shutdowns.
Strict restrictions on movement in the kingdom have kept the virus at bay, but refugees and poor Jordanians have difficulty meeting basic needs and accessing online education.