Should Universities lower entry grades for disadvantaged Students?

Students from less advantaged backgrounds are grossly underrepresented in Britain’s top universities. This underrepresentation of certain groups is particularly pronounced in highly competitive courses such as medicine. In England, for example, 80% of medical students come from just 20% of the country’s secondary schools. This leads to a profession dominated by certain demographic groups. A-level […]

Egypt’s young entrepreneurs moving into new food production systems

Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media posted this article written by Sindhu Hariharan about Egypt’s young entrepreneurs moving into new food production systems thus impacting the food security concerns of not only the country but even the region if this particular initiative were to be nurtured and spread around. Egypt-Based Bustan Aquaponics […]

The most beautiful and the best for ‘getting a job’ Universities

The Edvocate’s published in November 5th and 6th, 2017, these  Matthew Lynch writings that are reproduced here, on universities or rather on the most beautiful and the best for ‘getting a job’ universities. The reasons behind such articles referring to no methodological framework are surely based on the numerous rankings of world universities are perhaps […]

Algeria has 26 Universities and 65 Institutions of higher education

Algeria has 26 universities and 65 institutions of higher education. These include law and medical schools and technical institutes with the oldest institution operating for over 136 years. With one of the highest rates of education in the region, Algeria has nevertheless problems related to its immediate environment which basically stem from its long-time lack of independence and / or subservience to the country’s highly centralised governance model.  Laeed Zaghlami, elaborates on the main issues on October 6, 2017 in  Issue No:477 of University World News. 
It is to be noted that unlike its neighbouring countries, none of the institutions predating  the country’s fall to the French colonial occupation has been rehabilitated to a modern equivalent status.

Decreasing Number of Sub-Saharan Students in Tunisia

The number of tourists that visited Tunisia thus far in 2017 reached 4.58 million according to the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism in a statement reported by the local media. The Tunisian radio did not specify, however, what was the rate of tourism growth compared to the same period of last year. According to FM Radio Express, tourists from neighbouring countries numbered 1.45 million of this overall figure, or 60.7% more compared to 2016. Up by 16%, the increase in the number of European tourists is also substantial, per the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism of the anticipated total 6.5 million tourists this year. These statistics were however objected to in Tunisia where some observers noted that these included all non-residents, i.e. Tunisians living abroad as well as a decreasing number of sub-Saharan students in Tunisia. Wagdy Sawahel, in a University World News of September 1st, 2017, Issue No:472  elaborates on this particular segment . . .

Iran and its world’s biggest bookstore

This article of the World Economic Forum on one of the development streams of today’s Iran covers perhaps its least known realisation. Iran unlike all other Gulf neighbouring nations having millennia based history knows that for any real development to take hold, only a “knowledge-based economy” could do. In its search for results of tangible socio-economic progress, a decision of the former and recently renewed government is being concretised as a fuller recognition of the role of knowledge and technology in economic growth.  This is Iran and its world’s biggest bookstore as described in the proposed article of the WEF. Knowledge, as based principally on reading could be embodied in this massive investment in an asset meant for sustaining the country’s “human capital” and its enrichment through education and culture. 

Universities can earn Trust and share Power

What is the meaning of universities can earn trust and share power in this day and age? We republish here with our appreciation this interesting article of The Conversation of yesterday that is enlightening on the said question. Please read on and comment if you please. The image above is titled ‘Universities can take a stand’. […]