Salim Chahine, a professor at the American University of Beirut and a senior official at Lebanon’s central bank, is among the recipients of the 2020 Kuwait Prize.
Many Lebanese professors work on hourly, part-time contracts with no benefits and little chance of promotion, while their salaries plunge in value.
Private universities offer almost the only chance of jobs, but instructors say their conditions of employment are precarious.
Public university professors are electing independent unions to replace the former government-appointed ones. But some are unhappy that the bodies depend on government funding.
Many universities may not survive the country’s economic turmoil, economists warn. For those that do, maintaining educational quality could be a challenge.
Manal Ataya, director general of the Sharjah Museums Authority, finds it fulfilling to make museums more accessible and enrich children’s development.
Organizers of an initiative that brought aspiring young entrepreneurs together with business leaders in the UAE say they intend to refine the project to help lower the very high levels of youth unemployment in the Arab region.
Rising inflation, a currency in free fall, and a ban on raising fees for continuing students have put Syria’s private universities in a financial bind.
Lecturers at Morocco’s public universities oppose a draft law that would give the Higher Education Ministry more control over their wages and work conditions.
Three public universities are the first to start operating under a new plan that gives them more freedom but reduces state funding. Questions remain about how it will affect students and professors.