Turkey’s ‘soft power’ extends to North African universities

Wagdy Sawahel published in University World News (24 March 2017, Issue No:452) a piece dealing with how Turkey’s ‘soft power’ extends to North African universities through the setting up of joint universities with North African Arab states. For instance Turkey recently designed a higher education cooperation plan with Tunisia, an example of how Ankara aims to develop its cultural diplomacy or ‘soft power’ in order to build regional alliances and partnerships. Here is the extensive article: “The Tunisia-Turkey higher education cooperation plan was published on the website of the Tunisian Higher Education Ministry on 9 March and marks a first step in the implementation of [ . . . ]

Research in North African Universities

An article of Wagdy Sawahel for University World News of 13 January 2017 Issue No:188 dwelt on the hot subject of Research in North African universities, particularly of Egypt.   We reproduce the said article that confirms the need for some political decision in favour of Research in the present universities by facilitating funding, and supporting governance through institutional transparency and academic freedom so as to possibly improve on the current movement towards research.   North Africa’s Research Universities on the rise – slowly   Universities in North Africa are starting to join the research universities movement, recognising its potential in fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship and developing a sustainable knowledge economy, but they still face significant challenges. “Research universities, which are mainly responsible for offering research-oriented programmes in an academic setting, are emerging in North Africa,” Samir Khalaf Abd-El-Aal, research professor at the National Research Centre in Cairo, told University World News. “However, [this] is in its early stages.” [. . .]

Leadership Priorities in Year 2017

Written by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum and Regular Author and published on Monday 2 January 2017 is this article that is as it were a reminder of the leadership fragility with respect to be able to foresee the future of a society, country or organisation of any significance. Dr A. Mebtoul disserted at length on the subject and his last contribution that was on Morality of Leaders as factor of stability concerned as per the title of his essay on Algeria’s leaders morality of rather the now obvious lack of it. Leadership priorities in year 2017 would naturally at this conjecture be on everyone’s mind, especially of those in the MENA region. Five leadership priorities for 2017 As the past year has demonstrated, leaders must be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, while also providing a vision and a way forward, so that people can imagine a better future. True leadership in a complex, uncertain, and anxious world requires leaders to [. . .]

Evolving into a Connected World Challenges

AMEinfo.com magazine has published this piece of reflexion on the amazing progress of technology of information sharing and processing generally. Evolving into a connected world is a prospective vision of our daily life in year 2020 and beyond but also a retrospective review of past revolutions in the technological world. Professor Khalid Al Begain elaborates in the second article for a better grasp of the workings of such changes. Here are 2 articles on the latest happenings.

Humans 2.0: Evolving into a connected world

Almost half of the global population will be using the internet by 2020
People are connecting through different devices such as smartphones, automobiles and fridges
Society is on the brink of a new technological revolution, dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The number of Internet users has doubled during the past seven years, reaching 3.2 billion users globally in 2016, According to a recent report published by Euromonitor International.
According to the findings of the 2016 Digital Consumer Index, the figure accounts for an estimated 43 per cent of the global population.

Investing in Higher Education and Research

Dr Olin Cleve McDaniel, COO at the American University of Sharjah, explained in Gulf business of September 18th, 2016) how the MENA region can support economic goals by investing in higher education and research.
The Middle East and North Africa region – and the Gulf Cooperation Council in particular – has set ambitious goals for growth and development to withstand challenging economic conditions that are being witnessed across the globe.
Here is the extensive version of the article: “These goals are in line with diversification plans that have been made while the region continues to witness a number of geo-political, societal and economic changes which are also leading to lasting, long-term impact on the area.
In order to move forward, ensure true progress and promote economic growth and innovation in the Arab world, it is essential that leaders from both the public and private sectors refocus efforts on areas that will provide the tools necessary for implementing ambitious targets. Higher education is essential to achieving these goals and, despite there being a clear priority by many governments to fund education, research and development, there is room for further growth and improvement in this sector.
Regionally, there is a lack of literature about educational investment and its long-term impact on economic progress, . . .