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Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa

Exploring Regional and Country Specific Potentials

  • Yew Meng Lai
  • Abdul Razak Ahmad
  • Chang Da Wan

Benefits

  • Fills the gap in the literature regarding higher education in the MENA region

  • Offers insights into the political, economic and social landscapes of a region (i.e., MENA) full of untapped potential

  • Enables readers to develop strategies in extending their country’s higher education potential into the MENA region

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Chang Da Wan, Abdul Razak Ahmad, Yew Meng Lai
    Pages 1-10
  3. Mostafa Mohsen Radwan
    Pages 11-39
  4. Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan, Russayani Ismail, Yew Meng Lai, Zainal Amin Ayub
    Pages 41-60
  5. Yew Meng Lai, Zainal Amin Ayub, Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan, Russayani Ismail
    Pages 61-86
  6. Chang Da Wan, Russayani Ismail, Yew Meng Lai, Zainal Amin Ayub, Abdul Razak Ahmad
    Pages 87-105
  7. Zainal Amin Ayub, Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan, Russayani Ismail, Yew Meng Lai
    Pages 107-126
  8. Russayani Ismail, Yew Meng Lai, Zainal Amin Ayub, Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan
    Pages 127-146
  9. Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan, Russayani Ismail, Yew Meng Lai, Zainal Amin Ayub
    Pages 147-155
  10. Yew Meng Lai, Abdul Razak Ahmad, Chang Da Wan
    Pages E1-E1
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 159-161

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the prospects for higher education development in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Adopting a South-South perspective (from the viewpoint of a developing country), it seeks to promote a deeper understanding of this colourful and highly diverse, yet volatile region. As such, it examines six selected MENA countries that serve as case studies for identifying the gaps and challenges as well as their potentials in terms of higher education development. Based on expert interviews and focus-group discussions with more than 85 individuals across the six countries and complemented by related facts and figures from both international and national documents, it presents an in-depth discussion and analysis of the countries’ respective political, security, and economic situations. These serve as preconditions for the cultivation of an environment conducive to facilitating the advancement of higher education. It also provides a critical overview of higher education in these countries, notably in terms of the current national system, legislative framework, accreditation, quality assurance, recognition concerns, and other critical issues that enable and/or constrain the development of their respective higher education sectors, and that of the region, as a whole.

Keywords

High education in Iran Higher education in Middle East Higher education in North Africa Higher education in Saudi Arabia Higher education in Tunisia Higher education in libya Higher education in the MENA region Outbound mobility Quality assurance and accreditation

Editors and affiliations

  • Yew Meng Lai
    • 1
  • Abdul Razak Ahmad
    • 2
  • Chang Da Wan
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language LearningUniversiti Malaysia SabahJalan UMS, Kota Kinabalu, SabahMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Strategic StudiesNational Defence University of MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.National Higher Education Research InstituteUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

About the editors

Lai Yew Meng is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. His research interests include contemporary Malaysian politics, Japanese/Chinese foreign policy, and East Asian as well as international security. He has also been involved in higher education-related research. Lai’s notable publications include the co-edited Security Studies: A Reader (Routledge, 2011); Nationalism and Power Politics in Japan's Relations with China: A Neoclassical Realist Interpretation (Routledge, 2014), and “Malaysia’s security concerns: a contemporary assessment”, in Meredith L. Weiss (ed.). Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (Routledge, 2015).
  
Abdul Razak Ahmad is a faculty member at the National Defence University Malaysia and is currently serving as the Special Advisor to the State Government of Johor, Malaysia. He is also the Founding Director of Bait Al Amanah, a political think tank based in Kuala Lumpur. His research interests are in the area of international security, counter-terrorism, human development issues and public policy.

Chang Da Wan (C.D. Wan) is a lecturer at the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Universiti Sains Malaysia. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in the field of higher education and was trained as an economist at the University of Malaya and National University of Singapore. His main interests lie in higher education and economics, and has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects with the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia, UNESCO-Bangkok and OECD including the Review of the Malaysian National Higher Education Strategic Plan, doctoral education, academic profession, academic governance and leadership, research and innovation management, transition from secondary to higher education, and prospects for Malaysian higher education in the Middle East and North African region.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Book Subtitle Exploring Regional and Country Specific Potentials
  • Editors Yew Meng Lai
    Abdul Razak Ahmad
    Chang Da Wan
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1056-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-1054-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9316-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-1056-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 161
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
    Higher Education
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