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The Association of Arab Universities organizes the International Conference of Impact Factor at Nile University
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25-06-2019 16:04

The Association of Arab Universities Organizes the Fourth International Conference on Arab Impact Factor: Classification of Arab Universities

Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary General of the association of Arab Universities, opened the 4th International Conference on Arab Impact Factor, in the presence of international, regional and local representatives from various Arab and African universities, scientific research institutions and various sectors of research, academic, cultural and intellectual.

The conference was attended by a number of Arab university presidents. The conference discussed a number of ideas with researchers about the scientific developments in the International Classification of Arab Journals and their relation to the academic classification of Arab universities, documentation, archiving and scientific publishing.

A number of workshops and public lectures were held on the sidelines of the conference, and the owner of the Scopes platform presented a detailed explanation of the Arab Universities Association's initiative to establish a platform to maintain production in Arabic, in accordance with international standards.

Dr. Amr Salama stressed the importance of the Association's role in adopting and assisting innovative ideas in the Arab world and the transformation of the Association's strategy which aims to develop the Association's performance and provide public and quality services to the higher education sector in the Arab region.

Salama highlighted the new projects being carried out by the Association, including an agreement with El Sevier, owner of Scopus and Digital Commons. The agreement aims to preserve the scientific production in Arabic and other languages ​​through the classification of Arab periodicals and magazines issued by the Association of Arab universities, or its academic institutions, in addition to the publications of Arab universities and members of the Association.

NewsDate: 6/25/2019

6,700 Syrian students enrolled in Jordanian universities
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25-06-2019 15:07

AMMAN: The Secretary General of the Amman based Association of the Arab Universities (AARU) Omar Salamah estimated the number of Syrian refugee students enrolled in the Jordanian universities in the 2018-2019 academic year at around 6,700, majoring in different scientific fields.

Salamah said in a statement issued recently that the AARU has carried out a special project to support Syrian students taking refuge in Lebanon, Iraq’s Kurdistan and Jordan.

The project, which is funded by the United Nations along with Turkey, Germany and the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), is carried out in cooperation with the National Erasmus. It seeks to help partner countries’ universities enroll Syrian students in different academic majors through setting specialized units to help and employ them.

He said that the mission of these units is to support Syrian refugee students in resuming their academic and professional lives.

Salamah said that in addition to scholarships, the project offers training courses for Syrian students in various professional and technical spheres, teaches languages and organizes field science trips and activities to heritage sites in countries that are included in the project.

He highlighted that the AARU keeps in touch with the universities that enroll Syrian refugees to follow up on their academic progress.

Syrian students in Jordan are concentrated in the Yarmouk University, Zarqa University and Al-Zaytoonah University, he added.

The AARU will keep supporting the Syrian students and, in cooperation with Jordanian and Arab universities, will work on offering them with what they need to continue their higher education in an environment that stimulates creativity, he explained.

He stressed the need to provide a suitable environment for teaching and scientific research for Syrian students to harness necessary skills required to get a future job in the host countries or in their own in case they return after the end of the crisis.

Salamah emphasized that the AARU has been contacting international organizations to offer scholarships for Syrian refugees in universities all over the world.​

NewsDate: 6/25/2019

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq expresses his support for the programs and activities of the Association of Arab Universities
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22-05-2019 14:36

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Qusay Al-Suhail received a delegation from the Association of Arab Universities headed by Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary-General of the Association of Arab Universities (AArU).

Dr. Qusay Al-Suhail expressed the willingness to foster the collaboration with the Association of Arab Universities and to support the Association in its programs at pan-Arab and global levels.

Dr. Amr gave a summary about AArU academic programs and plans and discussed with the Iraqi Minister University grants donated by the ministry, ways to expand Iraqi universities' membership and Iraqi universities' membership fees.

The delegation member included Dr. Nabeel Abdel-Saheb, the President of Al-Nahrain University and Member of the Executive Council , Dr. Sari Hamdan, President of Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Mr. Waheeb Karajeh, Director of Media & Public Relations and Dr. Harith Al-Janabi , consultant for the Iraqi universities'  affairs.

The meeting was attended also by Dr. Hassan Massoudy, Vice Chairman of the Education Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Dr. Majid Al – Shurafa, Chancellor of the Middle Technical University, Dr. Lebanon Shami, Dean of Baghdad College.

The delegation as an Examining Committee member visited Al-Mustaqbal College, the Middle Technical University and College of Baghdad to check their membership.

At the end of the visit, it was decided to grant them membership of the association of Arab Universities.

NewsDate: 5/22/2019

Announcement by the association of Arab Universities
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08-07-2018 13:07

 The Association of Arab Universities, is a non-governmental organization that was established in 1964 upon a resolution issued by the Arab League and its membership includes more than 350 Arab Member Universities.

Please note that the elected secretariat general of the Association of Arab Universities has commenced its term as of 1st of July 2018, for an initial term of three years.

The Association of Arab Universities is headed by Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama, the Secretary General, and two Assistant Secretaries General; namely: Prof. Khemissi Hamidi and Prof. Abdelrahim Hunaiti.

 Our Association is working on establishing a direct link with Associations of higher education institutions  in various regions of the world and we are the solely legal Arab Association of universities recognized and legally registered in the Arab League, and any other form of Arab Universities Associations are not representatives of The Association of Arab Universities.


 With Best regards.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama

Secretary General


NewsDate: 7/8/2018

Ambassador of Egypt to Jordan received the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities
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08-07-2018 11:47

The Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Tareq Adel, received in Amman on Wednesday, 4/7/2018 the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama

They discussed in the meeting the joint cooperation between the Association and Egyptian universities and academic institutions and ways to enhance it

Dr. Salama stressed that the Association of Arab Universities was established in 1964 upon a resolution issued by the League of Arab States and seeks to raise the level of higher education and universities in the Arab world, pointing out that one of the priorities of its work is to coordinate the efforts of Arab universities and promote joint Arab cooperation.

During the meeting, His Excellency, Mr. Tareq pointed out the depth of relations between the Association and the Egyptian universities and the readiness of the embassy staff to cooperate with it for the benefit of the Arab societies

NewsDate: 7/8/2018

New Secretyary General
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05-07-2018 12:22

The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama took office on 1 July 2018 at the Association of Arab Universities headquarters in Amman for an initial term of three years, after winning the General Secretariat elections at the General Conference of the Association held in the United Arab Emirates recently.

Assistant Secretary General Dr. Abdul Rahim Al-Hunaiti also has just started his new job as Assistant Secretary-General of the Association of Arab Universities.

Dr. Salama said that he is happy to stay in Jordan because of its cultural images and a safe atmosphere that formed a model for security and stability in the region.

About the Association of Arab Universities, he said that he is in the process of announcing an ambitious plan and a scientific and practical strategy to continue the achievements of the Association and to improve the Arab universities international standing.

He thanked the former Secretary-General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi, who ended his term of office for the previous two sessions, praising his efforts in upgrading and developing the Association during his tenure.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Salama was a Minister of Higher Education, the president of Helwan University, was also a former member of the Shura Council (upper house of parliament in Egypt) and head of its housing committee and is the chairman of the Management Engineering Society.

Dr. Salama received the Medal of Sciences and Arts of the First Class, the State Award for Science in engineering science, published numerous articles in international journals and conferences and supervised hundreds of graduate students.

NewsDate: 7/5/2018

New Assistant Secretary General
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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

"SQU – Chemistry Conference 2017 Green and Sustainable Chemistry 13-15 November" /Sultan Qaboos University
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22-02-2017 12:42


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Department of Chemistry, College of Science

Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

Phone: +968 2414 2370

Fax: +968 2414 1469,


Date: 11/13/2017

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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19-07-2016 14:37

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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

Association of Arab Universities Participates in European Project Mimir Launch in Barcelona
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08-03-2016 12:14

Barcelona – A delegation of the Association of Arab Universities, chaired by the Secretary General of the Association Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi Al Adwan, and including the Assistant Secretary General of the Association Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmoud and Director of the Association’s General Secretariat Mrs. May Wahbeh, participated in the launch of the project Modernization of Institutional Management of Innovation and Research in Southern Neighboring Countries, Mimir, on 29/2/2016.

The participants discussed the Project’s objectives and strategic plan, as well as the position of the management in academic research institutions in Europe. Presentationswere also made by academic research management in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Morocco. 

The project launch activities were attended by, in addition to the Association of Arab Universities, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Balqa Applied University and the Science and Technology University, from Jordan. From Morocco, they were attended by the Ministry of Higher Education, Mohammad V University, IbnTufail University, and Sultan Moulay Suleiman University. From the European side, the attendees were the Association of European Universities, the Mediterranean Universities Association, University of Rome, Sapienza University, Milano University in Italy, the Catholic University Louvain in Belgium and Montpellier University in France.

Moreover, the delegation of the Association discussed with Barcelona University the special arrangements for the convention of the Third Arab European Conference to be held between 25 and 27 May 2016 in Barcelona University, which holds the Permanent Secretariat of the Conference. The Conference is being held in cooperation between the Association of Arab Universities, the European University Association and Barcelona University.  

NewsDate: 3/8/2016

AArU to Hold Turkish-Arab Congress on Higher Education in Istanbul in April 2016
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26-03-2015 12:59

On 9 March 2015, AArU Secretary-General Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi met with a delegation from Istanbul Medeniyet University. 

The delegation comprised of Istanbul Medeniyet University president, Prof. Muhammet  İhsan Karaman, and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the University Prof. Orhan Davutoglu. 

Assistant Secretary-General Dr. Musatfa Al Basheer and Director of the Secretariat General of the association Mrs. May Wahba also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the two parts reviewed the positive results of the First Turkish-Arab Congress on Higher Education, which was held in Istanbul last April, and resulted in a number of memoranda of understanding between Arab and Turkish universities.

In a related context, the two sides agreed to hold the second Turkish-Arab Congress at the level of university presidents in the period from 20-24 April 2016 in Istanbul, and to increase the number of participants in the conference from the Arab side to 200 university presidents and 50 students.​
NewsDate: 3/10/2015

Arab Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Concludes its Work at AArU
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20-02-2015 22:20

AMMAN - The participants of the 7th meeting of the Arab Council for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Arab Universities called for holding a consultative meeting at the level of directors of quality and accreditation bodies in the Arab world with participation of the Council’s Board of Directors.

The 7th meeting, which was held at the headquarters of AArU on Wednesday January 28, 2015, was chaired by the Secretary General Dr. Sultan Abu-Orabi and attended by Assistant Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammad Rafat Mahmood - who is also the Council’s Chairman - Dr. Mustafa Al Basheer, Director of the General Secretariat Ms. May Wahbeh, directors of Arab quality assurance and accreditation commissions, and members of the Board of Directors of the Council who are from Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq .

The Council recommended to begin in granting QA and accreditation certificates for academic programs at the level of Arab Universities as a trial, in addition, they recommended developing QA and accreditation standards for Shari’a and Islamic Studies colleges in the Arab universities.

In turn, Abu-Orabi stressed the need for the Arab universities to coordinate with quality and accreditation bodies in the Arab countries, to contribute to maintaining a high-quality higher education in the Arab universities. He also invited the participants to attend the Fifth International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA'2015) which will convene during the period 3-5 March 2015, at the University of Sharjah.

The participants highlighted the Council’s achievements during 2014, most notably the issuance of  quality and accreditation manuals for nursing and information technology disciplines, the Council also issued quality and accreditation manuals for other academic programs and for the open and distance education in English.

Moreover, the Council implemented several activities and workshops in 2014, aimed at the dissemination of the culture of quality which has become an important component, in the Arab world and worldwide, to guarantee a good level of education.
NewsDate: 2/12/2015

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...