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08-01-2018 15:20

Dr. Hamidi Assumes Duties at the Association of Arab Universities and Praises Jordanian Achievements

Amman 2 December 2018

The Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Khamisi Hamidi Al Jazairi described the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II as wise and brave in championing Arab rights, especially Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause.

He congratulated His Majesty and the Jordanian and Arab people on the occasion of the New Year, wishing for continued blessings in the New Year.

In his first interview after assuming his duties at the Association’s headquarters in Amman, he expressed his happiness at working in Jordan alongside elite Jordanian and Arab academics to serve generations in various areas of the Arab World.

He praised the academic and research developments in Jordan following the establishment of public and private universities as well as the Research and Development Center. He stressed that the higher education policy in Jordan follows a studied and comprehensive vision.

Dr. Hamidi, who represents for the first time Maghreb Region in the General Secretariat of the Association, also praised the urban developments and achievements in various areas, especially security, in a region plagued with constant turmoil where Jordan is an oasis of safety and security.

Before joining the Association, Dr. Hamidi was President of Algeria University and supervised hundreds of graduate students. He has many publications in the fields of arts and humanitarian sciences, and was Director of the Global Soufi Rhetoric Journal, in addition to chairing hundreds of Arab and international academic and literary seminars.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Hamidi won in the new general secretariat elections for the first time on behalf of the Arab Maghreb region, at the conclusion of the

Fiftieth Conference of the Association of Arab Universities, held in the UAE with over 70 presidents and directors in attendance.

NewsDate: 1/8/2018

Recommendations of the Workshop “Future of Arab Media in View of Modern Changes”
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08-08-2017 11:38

The workshop on Future of Arab Media in View of Modern Changes, convened in Cairo with Jordan and Arab participants in attendance, recommended a new study plan for the BA degree which would enable the students to integrate cultural and intellectual training for media students on one hand and professional training, so that the focus is on interdisciplinary studies.

The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, who participated in the workshop organized by the Arab Media Faculties Association in cooperation with the Association of Arab Universities and the Arab Higher Studies Council at Cairo University, said that the recommendations also included the development of graduate studies, linking them to a credit hour system, and making training courses for support faculty members a requirement for promotion.

The committee moreover recommended summer training for students at press and media institutions under the supervision of the support faculty members, and making this training a pre-requisite for graduation.

Dr. Abu Orabi added that the workshop called on media students in the Arab World to focus on Arab issues in their graduation projects, specifically on Jerusalem and national security in the year 2017 / 2018, in addition to organizing a festival for graduation projects of media faculties at the Arab universities, signing memoranda of understanding with media institutions regarding student training, and recruiting experts to train at media faculties.​

NewsDate: 8/8/2017

Association of Arab Universities Participates in “Future of Arab Media” Workshop in Cairo
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08-08-2017 11:37

The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, stressed the vital role of the media as a double edged sword, calling on the press and media to deal with the events professionally and with social responsibility.

He highlighted the success of the Arab media in communicating information and effecting change, specifically in the aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring.

Dr. Abu Orabi discussed during the “Future of the Arab Media in View of Modern Changes” workshop, organized by the Arab Media Faculties Association in cooperation with the Association of Arab Universities and the Arab Higher Studies Council at Cairo University, the challenges facing the future of the media. These include legislation restricting public freedoms, the flexibility of political systems and their acceptance of all options, and limited financial support. He called for the establishment of specialized media outlets in response to Arab issues.

On her part, Dean of the Media Faculty at the Cairo University Dr. Jihan Yusri welcomed the participation of Dr. Abu Orabi in the workshop. She stressed that the workshop aimed to develop the educational and training process, to produce media professionals capable of dealing with modern changes, in addition to exchanging experiences among media professors and professionals to identify the actual needs of training media students in the Arab World.

The workshop was attended by media experts at journalism, radio and television institutions from Iraq, Palestine, the Emirates, Jordan, and Egypt. It is also noteworthy that the recommendations of the workshop will be published soon.​

NewsDate: 8/8/2017

Association of Arab Universities Participates in Workshop on Foreign Education in the Arab World Date of Publication 30 – 3 – 2017
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03-04-2017 15:33

The Association of Arab Universities participated in an academic workshop on Foreign Education in the Arab World organized by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Cairo. The workshop was attended by experts and specialists from nine Arab countries. The Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, representing the Association in the workshop, discussed the status of foreign university branches and distance learning at these universities, the impact of this on scientific research and higher education in the Arab World, and the extent of the success achieved by these universities in the application of these programs. It is noteworthy that the countries participating in this Workshop were Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, in addition to trainers from Ireland, Canada, Britain and Germany.

NewsDate: 3/30/2017

Association of Arab Universities Holds Talks with Egypt-Japan University
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19-03-2017 09:41

The General Secretariat delegation of the Association of Arab Universities, chaired by the Association’s Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, held talks with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology as part of the procedures to examine membership for the Association. The delegation, which included the President of Alexandria University Dr. Issam Al Kurdi and President of Zagazig University Dr. Khaled Abd El-Bary, examined the infrastructure, study plan and academic programs of the University, along with the Central Laboratory for Research and the various facilities of the University. They were accompanied on the tour by the President of the Egyptian Japanese University for Science and Technology, Dr. Ahmed El-Gohary.

Dr. Abu Orabi said that the Egypt-Japan University is the first Japanese university to be established outside Japan in cooperation with foreign countries which offers both Masters and Doctorate degrees in the various fields of engineering and information technology. He stressed that the University, which is outside the Burj Al Arab area near Alexandria City, constitutes a model of Arab Japanese research, academic and university cooperation​

NewsDate: 3/16/2017

Abu Orabi Particpates in Quality Assurance UNESCO and International and Arab Network Meetings
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06-03-2017 12:47

The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi, participated in the UNESCO Regional Conference on Quality Assurance at Arab Universities, organized by UNESCO in Bahrain with Arab and foreign participation.

Dr. Abu Orabi spoke at the conference inaugurated by HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifeh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education and President of the Higher Education Council in Bahrain, Dr. Majed Al Nuaimi, on the role of the Association of Arab Universities in promoting education concepts and programs at Arab universities. He also highlighted the role of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council which is based at the General Secretariat of the Association, adding that it authored and published 15 academic manual and references on quality assurance in the Arab countries. Finally, he discussed the role of the Association in accrediting academic programs at Arab universities.

Dr. Abu Orabi also participated in the Arab Quality Assurance Network meetings, which discussed the approach of the Network in its work, its mechanisms of operation and its development of quality concepts at Arab universities. Also discussed was the organization of supportive seminars, workshops and conferences in this field, a role played by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council at the Association of Arab Universities, which represents most of the heads of national and Arab commissions.

In the same context, Dr. Abu Orabi participated in the International Quality Assurance Network Conference, also held in Bahrain with representatives of 56 Arab and foreign countries in attendance. The Conference was patronized by HE Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifeh, Deputy Prime Minister, and attended by the Chairman of the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission Dr. Bashir Al Zoubi and representatives of Arab and foreign countries. It was decided that the following conference of the International Network will be held in 2019 in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

NewsDate: 3/6/2017

"SQU – Chemistry Conference 2017 Green and Sustainable Chemistry 13-15 November" /Sultan Qaboos University
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Date: 11/13/2017

Association of Arab Universities Signs Agreement to Promote the Culture of Critical Academic Thinking
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09-01-2017 09:57

 The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan signed in London an academic agreement with the British education institution Macat International Limited to promote critical and constructive academic thinking among Arab universities that are members of the Association.

Dr. Abu Orabi Al Adwan told the Jordanian News Agency Petra today, Sunday, that the Association of Arab Universities, in accordance with this agreement, is a partner with Macat in promoting the culture of modern methods of distance education, academic analysis, and assessment of critical thinking tools in higher education. He explained that this agreement signed with Macat fulfills the goals of the Association in promoting the culture of critical thinking at Arab universities and supports member universities with curricula, books and educational materials from American, British and foreign universities.

The agreement was signed by the Secretary General Dr. Abu Orabi Al Adwan on behalf of the Association and Director General Dr. Salah Khalil on behalf of Macat International Limited.​

NewsDate: 9/4/2016

The International Conference on Governance in Higher Education Institutions / Arab Universities Governance Council
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23-11-2016 14:48

​“The International Conference on Governance in Higher Education Institutions” is organized by the Arab Universities Governance Council, which is emerged from the Association of Arab Universities and based in Middle East University. This conference will be held in the Middle East University- Amman, Jordan from 11th to 13th of March 2017. The conference aims to adopt and apply the standards of governance in the Arab universities through the six main tracks that will be addressed in it. All of the submitted papers in the conference will be reviewed by scientific committee which is approved by the General Secretariat of the Arab Universities Governance Council. In addition, all accepted papers will be published in the Association of the Arab universities Journal in a special issue. Universities’ presidents from Arab and International universities will be participating in the conference, in addition to experts and specialists from faculty members and number of international organizations dea

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Date: 11/3/2017

ACIT'2016 The International Arab Conference on Information Technology Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni-Mellal, Morocco December 6-8, 2016
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The International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT'2016) is a forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research, results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of information technology. ACIT'2016 will include presentations to contributed papers and state-of-the-art lectures by invited keynote speakers. Tutorials on current issues and special sessions on new trends related to information technology and software industry could be organized. This conference is considered the official scientific conference for the Colleges of Computer and Information Society, stemming from the Association of Arab Universities. The permanent General Secretariat of ACIT is hosted by Zarqa University, Zarqa, Jordan.


ACIT'2016 will be held at Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni-Mellal, Morocco. Beni-Mellal is one of the most important cities of the centre of Morocco with rich historical background and a wealthy agricultural centre.

Beni Mellal is also and mainly the starting point to discover mountains, cascades, forests and wild life in its pure state. It offers to lovers of tourism of adventure, the most beautiful reliefs of High and Middle Atlas. It also has many caves and pits appraised by speleologists.

Beni Mellal is mostly a destination of ecotourism and tourism of culture. This vast garden where fields and farms dispute the space dominated by green plains, is located at the centre of Morocco, easily accessible from Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Ouarzazate, Errachidia and Rabat.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

AI & Expert Systems
Algorithms & Applications
Natural Lang. Processing (Arabic)
Computer Architecture
Computer Ethics
Computer Graphics
Computer Networks
Computer Simulation
Database Systems
Decision Support Systems
Digital Telecommunications
Geographic Information Systems
Human Computer Interaction
Information Security
Information Systems
Web semantics
IT & Society
Machine Learning
Multimedia & Image Processing
Neural Networks
Parallel & Distributed Systems
Pattern Recognition
Reliability & Fault-Tolerance
Remote Sensing
Software Engineering
Virtual Reality Systems
Pervasive & adaptive systems


Researchers should submit a full paper describing their work, maximum of 8 single-spaced double column pages that also include illustrations. The first page should include the paper title, a brief abstract, a set of keywords, and text. Be sure not to include the authors' names in your paper. The abstract should be concise and not longer than 250 words. Immediately following the abstract, no more than six keywords are to be supplied for subject indexing. Keywords should not simply be taken from the title of the paper, but should be representative of the content of the whole paper and characteristic of the terminology used within the particular field of study. The introduction of the paper must be clearly written and should explain the nature of the problem, previous work, purpose and the contribution of the paper. The introduction is assigned number "1", and following sections are assigned numbers as needed. A conclusion section must be included and should indicate clearly the advantages, limitations, possible applications, and future work. The references section is not assigned a number. References should be numbered in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. Citations in the text should be by number and enclosed in square brackets, e.g. [1]. Electronic submission of papers as Microsoft's Word document or PDF via ACIT OpenConf is a must. ACIT OpenConf is a conference management system that automates the paper submission and the whole reviewing process. It can be accessed via ACIT web site at Any question regarding submission or the reviewing process should be directed to A final preparation format is available in the conference web site. Before final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered and the paper must be formatted according to ACIT camera-ready instructions that are provided in the conference web site. Accepted papers for authors who complete registration will be published in the conference proceedings.


The evaluation of submitted papers is based on the importance and usefulness of the research topic. Technical merits, novelty of the approach, soundness of results, and clarity of presentation are also considered as factors of the evaluation process. Each article will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees.

General Chair

Belaid Bouikhalene, Coordinator of Information Systems of Sultan Moulay Slimane University

Program Chair

Belaid Bouikhalene , Sultan Moulay Slimane University

Program Committee Members

Belaid Bouikhalene, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Hicham Mouncif, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Nouyeddine Falih, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Najlae Idrissi, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mourad Nachaoui, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Fakir, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Baslam, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Rachid Elaayachi, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Cherki Daoui, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Erritali, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Gouski, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Boutaline, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Jawad Oukrich, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdelkrim Maarir, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdelkarim Bencharki, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Abdellah Amine, Sultan Moulay Slimane University
Mohamed Outanoute, Sultan Moulay Slimane University


Abdullah Altobi, University of Nizwa, Oman
Abdulqader Mohsen, University of Science and Technology, Yemen
Adnan Shaout, The Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Ahmad Dalal'ah, University of Hail, KSA
Badie Sartawi, Al-Quds University, Palestine
Emad Abuelrub, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE
Gasm ElSeed Ibrahim, International University of Africa, Sudan
Hamed Al-Fawareh, Zarqa University, Jordan
Hasan Alshehri, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, SA
Khalid Khanfar, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, SA
Mohammed Ababneh, Al Baqa Applied University, Jordan
Mohammad Al-Haj Hassan, Zarqa University, Jordan
Mohammad Ali H. Eljinini, Al-Isra University, Jordan
Mohammed Elammari, University of Benghazi, Libya
Mohammad Hassan, Zarqa University, Jordan
Mohammed Odeh, University of the West of England, UK
Osama Badawy, AAST, Egypt
Rehab Dwairi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Sahnoun Zaidi, University of Constantine, Algeria
Salah Al-Rawi, Al-Anbar University, Iraq
Sulaiman Mustafa, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Talaat Mohyedin Wahby, SUST, Sudan
Thiab Taha, University of Georgia, US
Yasser El-Sonbaty, AAST, Egypt


Available on ACIT website:


Submission of papers: August 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance: October 20, 2016

Camera-ready submission & registration: November 6, 2016

Conference period: December 6-8, 2016


Direct all Submissions to:

ACIT OpenConf

On Conference Web Site:

And for more information about submissions contact:

ACIT Secretariat, Zarqa University

P. O. Box 132010

Zarqa Code Number 13132, Jordan

Tel: +(962)-5-3821100 ext. 1452

Fax: +(962)-5-3821117


Direct all Organizing queries to:

1)  El Mostapah Rakib ,

P. O. Box     591

Postal Code: Sultan Moulay Slimane Post Office 23000,

Béni Mellal, Morocco

Telephone: +212- 661269741


2)    Belaid Bouikhalene

P. O. Box 22, 33

Postal Code: Sultan Moulay Slimane Post Office 23000,

Béni Mellal, Morocoo

Telephone: +212-661118521


Or Contact:

ACIT'2016 Secretariat in Sultan Moulay Slimane University:

P. O. Box 591

Sultan Moulay Slimane Post Office 23000,

Béni Mellal, Morocco

Telephone: +212- 5 23 48 02 18



Visit ACIT official website at:

Date: 12/6/2016

The Annual National Convention of Chemistry Teachers (NCCT-2016)/Association of Chemistry Teachers
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11-07-2016 11:06

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,


The Annual National Convention of Chemistry Teachers (NCCT-2016)

of Association  of Chemistry Teachers (ACT)  will be held on October 21-23,2016 at Raja N L Khan Women's College, Midnapore, West Bengal along with the National Symposium on "Chemistry and Environment"(CE-2016). 

Principal Dr Jayasree Laha,Member ACT Executive Council will be the Convenor of NCCT 2016 and CE -2016.

Enclosed please find the Information Brochure and registration form​

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Date: 10/21/2016

1st international conference on new trends for sustainable energy
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07-04-2016 13:51

​1st international conference on new trends for sustainable energy ​

Pharos University in ALexandaria Egypt .


Date: 10/1/2016

In International-Student Recruitment, Questions About Integrity Persist
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15-07-2014 21:56

The agent debate is dead. Long live the integrity debate.

For some time now, the discussion about whether American colleges could use commission-based agents when recruiting students abroad has been the hottest of hot-button issues in international admissions, with each camp staking out fiercely partisan positions.

It all came to a head with the recommendation of a commission organized by the National Association for College Admission Counseling—which represents some 13,000 college admissions of...

Can Overseas Branch Campuses Reflect Local Values?
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08-07-2014 18:05
Makerere University in Uganda was once an external college of the University of London.  Here is the main administration building.

Uganda’s Makerere U., once an external college of the U. of London.

We have been thinking a lot recently about the impact on local cultures of importing foreign higher education. How are outside providers different from indigenous institutions? How do branch campuses gain legitimacy and become embedded within the host country’s system of education? What does it mean when a campus established by a foreign university says it is a local institution?

More than 60 countries are home to some 201 inter...

Academic Freedom Overseas: Hopes and Obstacles
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03-07-2014 18:02

The following is by Robert Epstein, a former editor in chief of Psychology Today and author of 15 books on psychology.

Early in 2013, I was appointed the first full professor of psychology at the University of the South Pacific, which serves more than 25,000 students throughout the 12 island nations in this vast and often breathtakingly beautiful part of the world. It was a late-career adventure for me and my wife. Full professorships are rare here, and my appo...

A Syrian Student’s Fragile Hope for Higher Education
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01-07-2014 17:34

The following is by Xanthe Ackerman, a senior fellow at the Syria Research and Evaluation Organization.

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Mohiaddin Binanah, the interim minister of education for the Syrian opposition movement, examines a Syrian high-school student’s graduation test. Photo by Xanthe Ackerman.

On a recent Tuesday morning, Muhammad Adib woke up early, ate breakfast, and walked the bombed-out streets of rebel-controlled Aleppo in Syria to a testing center for male high-school students.


Reflections From a Global Provost
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25-06-2014 17:59

The following is by Peter N. Stearns, provost of George Mason University. Mr. Stearns plans to retire this summer after more than 14 years in the role.

One of the reasons I wanted to become the provost of George Mason was the opportunity to help shape a more global university. Of course, given Mason’s Northern Virginia location near the nation’s capital and faculty talent, a good bit was going on already, but as an institution we had the chance to accelerate ...

A Failure to Capitalize on Globalization
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18-06-2014 19:06

The following is by Harvey Charles,  president of the Association of International Education Administrators and vice provost for international initiatives at Northern Arizona University, and Darla K. Deardorff, executive director of the association.

Globus_im_GeographieunterrichtGlobalization is one of the most dominant forces facing higher education in the 21st century. Many colleges have responded to it with plans to internationalize their campuses and academic programs.

Yet all too often, ...

Mexico Gets Serious About R&D
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13-06-2014 18:30

After years of paying lip service to the importance of science and technology, Mexico is finally committing itself financially to the priority. And universities in the United States should take note.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in December 2012, has vowed to raise spending on research and development to 1 percent of gross domestic product by 2018, up from the current 0.48 percent. That level would bring Mexico’s economy in line with those of similar size, like Brazil’s.


Down Under or Upside Down? Higher-Education Reforms in Australia
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06-06-2014 21:32

The following is by Jamie Miller, an incoming postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University and a graduate of the University of Sydney.

It’s not news that higher education in the United States is in crisis. Student fees are out of control. Enrollment growth is slowing. Executive pay is skyrocketing. Faculty hiring and job security are plummeting. Nothing is working the way it is supposed to. Looking closely a...

Even in the U.S., Chinese Students May Have Tiananmen ‘Amnesia’
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04-06-2014 21:27

An unknown Chinese man temporarily stops a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, in Beijing. Photo from Wikipedia by Jeff Widener for the Associated Press.

One day, not long ago, I was hanging out with a Chinese college student I’d come to know well. We were talking about the usual things—American parties, bad cafeteria food, an assignment he had due, an essay for his freshman composition class on Martin Luther King Jr.—when he abruptly changed the subject.

Had I heard, he wanted to know, about June ...

A Global Push to Reduce Dropout Rates
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03-06-2014 18:30

Britain has one of the lowest dropout rates of any country in the world, according to a recent study by Sylke V. Schnepf, a researcher at the University of Southhampton. Her work showed that 16 percent of British students prematurely leave their courses at universities, colleges, and vocational institutions.

Her study examined mostly European nations and did not include the United States. While not an apples-to-apples comparison, 46 percent of those who enter an American college fail to graduat...