A recent policy decision in Egypt is heading the country back to more specialized higher education, instead of towards the broader curriculum needed for universities to power the economy and enlighten citizens.
In many Arab countries, university admissions is forcing youth into careers that they have no interest in, derailing economies instead of fueling them, and adding to social resentment.
Women and sympathetic men are organizing against those who sexually harass others in the academic setting.
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.
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.
Across the Arab region, a few programs focus on helping women get the skills and attitudes they need to find and hold a job.
A mortar attack on the architecture school at the University of Damascus last week was the latest wound to what is left of Syrian higher education. Syrian students, both in Syria and its neighbors, are finding it hard to get an education.
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.