Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia

Istanbul Erdogan medical rector health sciences university anger

Political theorist Andrei Stavilă explains how a comment on a friend’s Facebook page led to exit from Turkish university

Lisa Anderson, former president of the American University in Cairo

Recently founded institutions can 'leapfrog' the educational approaches of the past, says former AUC president

Ali bin Saud Al-Bimani

Broader-based education addresses concerns over graduate skills, conference hears

Jill Derby, vice-chair of the board at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Challenge of balancing need for quick decision-making with demand for collegiality debated

David Willetts with THE MENA Universities Summit logo

Lord Willetts tells event it is hard to see how governments can fund expansion on necessary scale

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Any tables must reflect the nuances of the region, says Mohamed Salem

Row of Iran flags against Tehran skyline

Continuing conflicts will limit collaboration between universities in Iran and in neighbouring Gulf nations, says scholar

Cairo skyline from roof of Amir al-Maridani mosque

Government adviser says country is being transformed into a 'learning society'

Saudi man riding horse, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Institutions from eight countries feature in a snapshot university ranking for the region

Ancient city of Yazd, Iran

International cooperation could be most successful in the postgraduate sector, says Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

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International partnership is a vital part of higher education, says Sir Pete Downes ahead of the THE MENA Universities Summit

United States map

Report from the Council of Graduate Schools contradicts 'common assumption' that international students choose US for doctoral degrees

Muslim cupola and Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel

Local officials wanted too much control over academic programmes at Nazareth branch campus, says Texas A&M

Middle East map

Employability skills remain a significant differentiator in the region, says Zahir Irani

BRICS & Emerging Economies countries concept illustration

China remains BRICS superpower, while several nations make their debut in extended top 200 table

New rules enabling higher education board to shut down private universities seen as a threat to the government amount to ‘banditry’

Main building of the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Stanford University to assist in development of programmes to be introduced in January

John Sexton, New York University (NYU)

Outgoing New York University president John Sexton dismisses concerns over academic freedom at his institution’s Abu Dhabi campus

Demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014

Researchers from 72 institutions say they will not visit Israeli higher education institutions, act as referees, or participate in conferences

Students at Al-Azhar University

Higher Education Regulatory Funding Authority set up with British support