The MENA region lacks Professional Journalism

Fadi Chahine, Serial Entrepreneur | Fermenter wrote back in 2014 in LinkedIn that the MENA region lacks professional journalism for any democracy to take hold. This has created a drought of oversight and accountability for misconduct by public institutions whether commercial, governmental or otherwise. While the problem is known, there is hardly a sign of […]

Americanisation of the English language in the MENA

Paul Baker, Professor of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University wrote this contribution to The Conversation on perhaps the most ancient issue of all, that of a mum’s language being overtaken by her daughter’s streetwise lingua. Realistically however, in today’s world, it is the billions of Asians, Africans and the less numerous Arabs of the […]

Happy to Welcome back the Blue Planet

Happy to welcome back the Blue Planet, the MENA-Forum is delighted to join the rest of the world in applauding such an endeavour of the quality that we got used to and rarely encountered elsewhere. Per the Wikipedia, The Blue Planet is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC. It premiered on 12 September 2001 […]

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.

Bridging creative ecosystems globally or in the MENA ?

Bridging creative ecosystems globally or in the MENA ? This is to accelerate social impact as put in this article brought about by Medium has never been as acutely felt in the MENA region as it is these days. Accelerating Creativity with Ta7rir egomonk  and Ta7rir, an initiative born out of Morocco, have entered into a strategic […]

Five ways ancient India changed the world – with maths

It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances were made in Europe, with its influence meanwhile spreading to China and the Middle East.
As well as giving us the concept of zero, Indian mathematicians made seminal contributions to the study of trigonometry, algebra, arithmetic and negative numbers among other areas. Perhaps most significantly, the decimal system that we still employ worldwide today was first seen in India.