When Egypt student election results were announced they indicated that students could be independent of the political domination of the Muslim Brotherhood. But now the election’s results may get thrown out.
The president of the United Arab Emirates has appointed new heads of the three federal universities in a second phase of a higher-education governance shakeup.
A leftist, non Islamist party scored a surprise victory in student elections in Tunisia, indicating a slide from power for the moderate Islamist political party “Ennahda” that has dominated national elections.
The only public university in Lebanon has not been able to hire any new, full-time professors since 2008. So as older professors retire, the university fills up with part-time contract professors.
A federal court has struck down the right of the Egyptian education ministry to enforce twice-a-year evaluations on University of Alexandria professors. Opponents of the evaluations said the government should not be interfering in such university matters. Now professors at other Egyptian universities may seek similar rulings.
A successful strike for higher salaries by professors at Lebanese University, the only public university in the country, spread to much of the Lebanese public-education system, paralyzing it.
A recent shake up in the United Arab Emirate’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has left many local academics speculating about what the change means.
Student strikers at the British University of Egypt said it was trying to profit from them, while administrators said they were just trying to pass on real costs. The university president has resigned.