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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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 ….