Experts debate if worldwide quality standards for higher education could be created, or if rankings are already playing such a role.
Sultan Abu-Orabi, secretary general of a higher-education association, talks about the region’s challenges and opportunities.
Many Lebanese universities are adding programs where students can earn master’s and doctoral degrees. But little quality control for these degrees exists inside the country.
Poor Arab university performance in the rankings stirs debate over the reliability of the data, the rankings’ focus on science, and the need for more Arab research collaboration.
One of the foremost figures in the Arab world to use performance measurement to improve higher education talks about institutional research.
A rapid expansion of private universities since the civil war has left Lebanon with plenty of universities and lots of questions about quality.
Private universities could magnify inequalities and erode the quality of Arab public higher education. But they could also drive innovation, writes a scholar of comparative education.
U.S. accreditation, a sought-after prize for some Arab universities, might get pulled when American values clash with those of countries where security concerns can override academic ones.