Higher Education in the Arab World: Challenges and Post Corona Pandemic Prospects

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Higher Education in the Arab World: Challenges and Post Corona Pandemic Prospects

Amr Ezzat Salama

Abstract

It is high time to reconsider the future of higher education in the Arab world and worldwide. The global pandemic has revealed a reality that needed to be challenged while working on developing methods to overcome its challenges. Most of these challenges that go back decades are due to the nature of the emergence and development of Arab higher education institutions, and the shape of the Arab national educational systems. We may not be exaggerating to say that higher education (specifically university schooling) is the key to the success of any country economically, socially, scientifically, and even politically. Based on this point of view, the countries that have planned for improving their societies economically, socially, scientifically, and even politically, tended to pay special attention to the quality of education in general with focus on higher education in particular. Accordingly, governments would allocate suitable proportions among states’ budgets to higher education and scientific research. For these reasons, this article approaches the reality of Arab Higher Education through its indicators, exposing its challenges and concluding with a series of recommendations.

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