Middle East

Education in Turkey

A look at current trends in education and international student mobility in Turkey. Includes an overview of the education system, a survey of recent changes and reforms, and a guide to institutions and qualifications.


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Academic Mobility in the Middle East and Egypt: If not West, Where Will Students Go?

Despite hosting a record number of international students in 2015/16, the U.S. has seen its overall share of the global education market decline in recent years. In the face of increased travel restrictions on students, insight into enrollment patterns in the regions that are most affected can help institutions better plan future international recruitment efforts.


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Posted in Enrollment & Recruiting, Middle East, Mobility Trends

Educating Iran: Demographics, Massification, and Missed Opportunities

The vast majority of Iranian students on U.S. campuses are graduate-level scholars in the engineering and STEM fields. What factors drive them to leave Iran, what are their stay rates, and what are the potential economic costs of barring our doors to them?


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Education in Iran

An overview of Iran’s education system and of outbound student mobility; includes insight into how to evaluate common Iranian academic credentials at both the secondary and tertiary levels.


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Students From the Middle East and North Africa: Motivations, On-Campus Experiences, and Areas of Need

The MENA region is second only to Asia as a contributor of students to U.S. based institutions. Original WES research illuminates the distinct needs of students from across the region, and the supports most critical to ensuring that they have good campus and academic experiences.


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Déjà Vu? The Rise and Fall of Iranian Student Enrollments in the U.S.

U.S.-bound Iranian student mobility has waxed and waned over decades of political enmity between the two nations. Our feature story examines that history, and helps to shed light on the potential impact of the Trump administration’s recent executive order barring travel from Iran and six other countries.


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Providing Pathways for Refugees: Practical Tips for Credential Assessment

Bryce Loo and Alejandro Ortiz, Research Associates at World Education Services DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT &nbsp An alarming 60 million people – roughly equivalent to the population of Italy – were displaced by war, conflict or political repression in 2015. Among


Posted in Credential Evaluation Issues, Humanitarian Issues, Middle East, Mobility Trends, Original Research, Skilled Immigrants & Workforce Integration

Education in Syria

Silje Immerstein, Training Manager and Sulaf Al-Shaikhly, QA Manager Education Overview The Education System in Syria Administration and Finance In 2009, 5.1 percent of Syria’s GDP was allocated to education. The Syrian government plays a central role in the administration,


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WENR, February 2016: Middle East

THE ranks Arab universities

The Times Higher Education’s unveiled its preliminary ranking of the top 15 universities in the Arab world in late January. None of the 15 made it into the THE’s list of top 300 institutions…


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The Importance of Higher Education for Syrian Refugees

Jessica Magaziner, Credential Analyst at World Education Services Introduction The Syrian conflict has been covered extensively in the news since its violent inception in the spring of 2011. This conflict has resulted in extreme loss of life, societal destruction and


Posted in Enrollment & Recruiting, Humanitarian Issues, Middle East, Mobility Trends, Original Research, Strategic Internationalization