An Al-Fanar Media survey of the quality assurance for higher education in 16 Arab countries found heavy regulation of the licensing of higher-education institutions but little in the way of follow up to monitor quality.
In the second part of their essay, the authors discuss feedback, growth and attitude towards failure.
Awarding symbolic doctorates to political rulers has a long and controversial history at Arab Universities.
Ministry of Education hopes exam papers will be harder to leak on social media.
Experts are beginning to mull how to rebuild health-care systems after conflicts ease in the Arab region. Lebanon provides a case study in dysfunction, the author argues.
A corrupt system is allowing thousands of illiterate people to pass literacy tests. Those people go on to use literacy certificates to get government jobs and driving licenses.
The U.K.-based Commonwealth Secretariat ranks Arab countries as doing fairly well on Arab educational development, compared to their international peers.
A recent study points to a need for better oversight and more coordination of the rapidly growing university sector.
Self-assessment can give universities in developing countries a head start for improvement, a tool more relevant than rankings.
The view that every international partnership is a force for good has been replaced by a more cautious approach reflecting core academic values.