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.
In the United Kingdom, all universities state their English language requirements in writing, speaking, listening and reading and have them checked through various tests with the minimum grade overall, and usually the minimum grades required specifically tailored for each course. International Students in Britain and the English language requirements are a problematic that is recurrent at every start of a new academic year.
The reasons are various.
The affluence of worldwide candidates coupled with the ever-increasing university costs have over the years been the influencing factors of this seeking higher mastery levels of the English language from each and every one.
An article of The Tech Edvocate written by Matthew Lynch and published on Aug 09, 2017 gives an idea on how education has evolved into increased depth mainly through more reliance on digital computation. This calls on diverse and bespoke application software. In the author’s opinion, these number 7 must have student-collaboration Apps that are the most used ones for the specific capabilities of each.
Would this article apply to the MENA region as well ?
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’. […]
In so far as higher education institutions are concerned, the MENA region which prides itself for harbouring some of the oldest; none of these or their newer counterparts did show up [ . . . ]
An article written by Lisa Anderson and published on University World News of January 20, 2017 elaborates on today’s situation of the higher education and poses the question of the relevance of elitist higher education in the Middle East’s Arab World. The MENA region with the Arab world within it has been throughout the years at the forefront of an international movement of universities mainly from the US and the UK branching out into the Middle East. With the advent of oil and its ensuing ginormous revenues, countries of the GCC’s followed suit. Even, French education establishments would not be left behind with the settlement of HEC Paris in Doha. Most countries however are feeling these days the pinch especially after the drop in oil price related revenues, as reported in the cost of the US education institutions in Qatar. Moreover, the last factor to perhaps influence one way or another this globalisation of the higher education, would as most would have guessed is the new US president who seems to be quite particular about US work and expertise vanishing overseas.
So do foreign universities just serve the global elite?