Middle East

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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WENR, October 2015: Middle East

Arab Countries Moving Up in Global University Rankings

The Times Higher Education released a list this week of what it believes to be the best 801 universities in the world.The top ten positions are dominated by familiar institutions in the United Kingdom…


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WENR, September 2015: Middle East

IIE Launches Initiative to Increase Collaboration between U.S. and Iran

The Institute of International Education has launched a new initiative to reinvigorate collaborations between universities in the U.S. and Iran. The organization said its U.S. university delegation to Iran in June found that ….


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WENR, July/August 2015: Middle East

200,000 Fake Degrees Sold in Gulf Region by Axact

A staggering 200,000 people from Gulf countries bought fake online degrees and diplomas from the Pakistani IT firm Axact in the past four years…


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