Middle East

WENR, February 2017: Middle East

Egypt: International Education Sector is Thriving

There are currently 47,000 international students at Egyptian public universities, over twenty times the amount in 2010. Low tuition fees and cost of living are a huge draw—Egypt offers the lowest tuition rates in the Arab region and provides assistance to students from Syria, Sudan, and Libya.


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WENR, December 2016: Middle East

Middle East: New Report Reflects Progress in Educational Development

The 2016 Global Youth Development Index and Report measures indicators such as secondary school enrollment numbers, literacy rates, and the “digital skills.”


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WENR, November 2016: Middle East

Violence and Persecution Plague Universities in the Middle East

Between May 2015 and September 2016, there were 158 cases of violence directed at higher ed institutions in 35 countries (up from 333 incidents during the 4.5 years prior), and 19 violent attacks by militant groups.


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WENR, October 2016: Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Student Mobility Drastically Curbed By Scholarship Cuts

Forecasts predict that the number of Saudi students in the U.S. will fall through 2020, when the King Abdullah Scholarship Program is scheduled to expire.


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WENR, September 2016: Middle East

Iran: Academic Partnerships With the West Take Off in the Wake of Sanctions

Partnership agreements have been signed between three leading Iranian institutions and one of France’s leading universities. A similar agreement with leading Swiss higher education institutions is in the works.


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WENR, July/August 2016: Middle East

Turkey: Government Removes 1,500 University Deans

In the wake of July’s coup attempt, the Turkish government demanded the resignation of 1,500 university deans. The attempt to identify political opponents and quash dissent has reportedly affected more than 50,000 people, many of them students, teachers, and academics.


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WENR, June 2016: Middle East

Career Services Help Address High Unemployment Among Iraqi Graduates

With an eye on the 18 percent unemployment rate among Iraqi youth – which soars even higher among youth with a higher education – an international non-governmental organization has begun setting up career centers at Iraqi universities.


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WENR, May 2016: Middle East

Syria: EU to Provide Hundreds of Scholarships for Syrian Students

An EU-financed program, Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians (HOPES), has been established to assist Syrian students in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. HOPES will fund 400 students’ education, and provide educational counseling for 42,000 more.


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WENR, April 2016: Middle East

Tackling academic fraud in Kuwait

Amid several recent reports of a worldwide network of fake online universities, Kuwait has decided to prosecute 259 fraudulent-degree holders. In a 2015 New York Times article exposing…


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WENR, March 2016: Middle East

Saudi government largesse dries up, along with oil wealth

Amid plummeting oil prices, Saudi youth may see an end to long-standing social entitlements such as fully funded international scholarships and secure government jobs.


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