At the American University of Beirut’s graduation, Rami Khouri, journalist and academic, spoke stirringly about what has happened in the last four years in the Arab world.
Almost 15 years ago educators set six goals for universal education. Progress has been slow.
Iraq’s security problems are not preventing it from establishing new universities and ending “mandatory ignorance,” said the Iraqi higher-education minister.
While policymakers like to make grand statements about everyone having educational access, it rarely happens even in rich countries.
The rebirth of an outlawed student union with Islamist leanings is a positive sign of rising democracy to some, a negative sign of religious conservatism to others.
As police mostly stay off campus, networks of students and staff members have rallied to act as informal university security.
Nelson Mandela’s capacity to empathize with those who imprisoned him should inspire educators in Egypt, the author says.
In a difficult time for Al-Azhar University, 38 more students have been sentenced to prison and one student has died as a result of protests.
A visit to Egypt to meet with public-university presidents prompts some observations on education and democracy.