Middle East

WENR, September 2017: Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Government Looks to Revamp Scholarship Program

Qatar: Campus Leaders Confident Despite Blockade; Egypt: New Way to Measure Student Achievement in High School; and More


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, July-August 2017: Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Universities Encouraged to Curb Recruitment of International Academics

Faced with dependence on international researchers, the Ministry of Education has called for institutions to hire local academics and recruit rarely from abroad.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, June 2017: Middle East

Egypt: New Report Highlights Suppression of Academic Freedom

Human rights report urges Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education to curtail restrictions; Saudi Arabian Universities dominate regional rankings


Posted in Middle East

WENR, May 2017: Middle East

U.S. Temporary Visas from Muslim-Majority Countries Down

Egypt pursues int’l enrollments; decline in temporary U.S. visa applications may signal softening int’l education interest, and more.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, April 2017: Middle East

Iran: Graduate Students’ Future in the U.S. Uncertain

While the second iteration of the U.S. president’s travel ban has been temporarily halted, uncertainty about future visa restrictions promises to have an impact on enrollments of students from affected countries, especially Iran.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, March 2017: Middle East

Saudi Arabia: 1/3 of University Students Never Make it to Graduation

Experts say a growing mismatch between educational training and the demands of the labor market may be disincentivizing Saudi students.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

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.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

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.”


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

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.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

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.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries