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Krieger, Zvika – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
With more than a dozen American universities opening branches and campuses on the Persian Gulf, the oil-rich emirates of the Arabian peninsula are threatening to dethrone cities like Cairo, Baghdad, and Beirut as the academic centers of the Middle East. Wealthy, safe, and relatively stable, these emirates are vying to become the new intellectual…
Descriptors: Universities, Arabs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
Wheeler, David L.; Wilhelm, Ian – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011
As protesters across the Arab world demand an end to autocratic regimes that have drained universities of resources and suffocated critical thinking, scholars see some hope of an Arab renaissance and a new opening for American involvement. From the ancient Library of Alexandria to a new Islamic-arts museum in Qatar that holds 700-year-old…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Research and Development, International Education, Universities
Lindsey, Ursula – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Since at least the early 1990s, Arab governments have made women's participation in higher education a priority. Across the region, young women fill the crowded lecture halls and bustling courtyards of universities. On many campuses, they outnumber men. But women's increased participation in higher education does not necessarily translate into…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Arabs, Females, Higher Education
Wilson, Robin; Byrne, Richard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports on an unsettled tenure case at Columbia University. The high-profile and controversial tenure bid of Joseph A. Massad, a Palestinian-American professor of Arab politics, was turned down by Columbia University's provost, Alan Brinkley. Mr. Massad's case follows closely on two other high-profile tenure bids affected by the…
Descriptors: Tenure, Academic Freedom, Middle Eastern Studies, College Faculty
Hillyard, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The author recently served on a five-member international review panel for Saudi Arabia's National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment. The panel's mission was to evaluate the Arab Open University against the commission's accreditation criteria to determine if the university should be eligible for King Abdullah's national…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Open Universities, Arabs, Information Technology
Krieger, Zvika – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Dubai has long competed with its wealthy Persian Gulf neighbors to become a regional hub of higher education. Yet its Knowledge Village, a collection of nearly 20 foreign-university campuses and local educational institutes, has been overshadowed by Qatar's Education City, which is home to the branch campuses of a number of high-profile American…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Universities, Multicampus Colleges
Mills, Andrew – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The job market on North American campuses may be heading for the deep freeze, but hundreds of positions are opening up in the Persian Gulf as American universities scramble to set down roots in those petrodollar-rich states. The combination of money and opportunity on offer may seem hard to resist. But academics who trade the rich intellectual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, International Schools, Foreign Workers
Mangan, Katherine S. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Discusses how this Arab emirate is offering millions of dollars for a few U.S. colleges to open campuses there. (EV)
Descriptors: College Programs, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
Wasserman, Gary – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
On the first day of the author's American-government course he often plays a little trick on the students. He throws one of them out of class. The plan is to stop the student at the door, ask what is politics, ask why he (or she) is obeying, and encourage a more energetic discussion of authority and politics at a university. Two years ago, in the…
Descriptors: Arabs, Foreign Countries, United States Government (Course), Teaching Experience
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports on the College Art Association's decision to settle with a scholar who felt defamed by an article in one of its scholarly journals which shines a spotlight on so-called "libel tourism." When the College Art Association decided recently to settle rather than fight a possible libel action in Britain over a book review…
Descriptors: Libel and Slander, Court Litigation, Professional Associations, Book Reviews
Mills, Andrew – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For the past two years, a steady stream of visitors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made the roughly 7,000-mile trek from Cambridge to Abu Dhabi to help build what aspires to be the first graduate-level research university devoted entirely to fostering renewable, clean, and sustainable sources of energy. Set to open this…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries
Krieger, Zvika – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
As the small states that line the Arabian Peninsula spend billions of petrodollars picking up luxury hotels, satellite television stations, first-class airlines, and high-tech weaponry, three of the emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar) are engaged in a high-stakes game of one-upmanship involving universities, American universities in particular.…
Descriptors: Universities, Foreign Countries, Educational Planning, Educational Policy
McMurthie, Beth – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2001
Discusses how many Middle Eastern students, pressured by their parents and in the face of growing hostility on American campuses, are abandoning their studies to return to their home countries. (EV)
Descriptors: Arabs, College Environment, College Students, Dropouts