University Governance Changing the Higher Education Paradigm in MENA
May 27, 2016 / Blog entry
When one first hears the words “University Governance”, many thoughts come to mind. Is it about governmental supervision or interventions into university’s business? Is it about how universities are managed? Does it parallel what corporates experience under “corporate governance”? Well, it does not involve any governmental overseeing but rather...
Building on the Work of others Makes Sense, Especially in the MENA Higher Education Sector
May 26, 2016 / Blog entry
In the last two decades, the Higher Education context in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed remarkable changes in terms of increase in the number of institutions and of students’ enrollment, the establishment of regulatory bodies and measures, and the surfacing of serious challenges in terms of globalization,...
What are the Changes Needed to Ensure the Success of Higher Education Reform in Algeria?
May 26, 2016 / Blog entry
The reform of the License, Mastère, Doctorat (LMD) programs in Algeria’s higher education sector, a reform consistent with prevailing trends toward globalization, signals a new approach to management, governance and regulation of the institutions concerned. Indeed, the increased pedagogical autonomy of Algeria’s universities that resulted from...
Ethical Issues in the Context of University Governance
May 25, 2016 / Blog entry
Algerian universities seem to have identified a vision, approach, and methodology with respect to the concept of governance, which is aimed at helping them gradually improve their management practices. While it is true that a university that strives for excellence must follow guidelines and standards, it must also adopt a mindset conducive to its...
5 Years After the Arab Spring, Were the Hopes of Tunisian Youth Ever Met?
May 17, 2016 / Blog entry
For so long, celebrating Tunisia usually went hand in hand with celebrating its youth. “Tunisian youth were rather the solution and not the problem” this was the slogan communicated throughout the Ben Ali tenure. The ousted president made youth-leveraging as his personal brand.
Over twenty years of branding and marketing to hide the ugly...
What Will It Take to Improve Competitiveness and Employability in the MENA?
May 08, 2016 / Blog entry
The last two decades have witnessed a strong push for more university autonomy around the globe, paired with a request for higher education institutions to be accountable not only to those directly involved– the academic community, students and their families – but also the wider public. As such, the topic of quality assurance has played a...
[Workshop Video] Launch of WB/UNHCR Report: “The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon”
Apr 29, 2016 / Highlight
Senior governmental representatives, World Bank specialists and United Nations officials as well as members from the civil society gathered in Paris for a cross-regional exchange between Middle Eastern and European countries hosting refugees, on the analytical findings, and policy implications, of the World Bank/UNHCR study “The Welfare of Syrian...
Young Tunisian Entrepreneurs Push to Change Attitudes to Jobs
Apr 27, 2016 / Blog entry
Five years after its political revolution, Tunisia’s government has acknowledged economic challenges, including a lack of foreign investment and a high unemployment rate. Many Tunisians call for a second revolution, this time for economic opportunities, including entrepreneurship and the employment it creates. Although being an entrepreneur in...
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University Governance Screening Card: Version 2 Launched in the Palestinian Territories
Apr 14, 2016 / Highlight
The World Bank and CMI organized the launch of the University Governance Screening (UGSC.V2.0) in the Palestinian Territories. The event convened members of the Higher Education Network, representatives from the Ministry of Higher education and local partner organizations. The UGSC.V2.0 is developed by the Higher Education Program to assess the...
The Repercussions of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Lebanon: the Challenge of Providing Services and Creating Jobs
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Water Management: Jobs for the Future? Testimonies from the MENA Region
Mar 23, 2016 / Blog entry
The needs for investment in the water sector are considerable in the Mediterranean region. Water demand - driven by urbanization, the development of tourism, irrigated agriculture and industrialization - is growing rapidly. The water sector should also be able to respond promptly to the various natural and human crises that could arise: droughts...
The Impact of Syrian Businesses in Turkey
Mar 21, 2016 / Blog entry
In Turkey, as in other countries, refugees are often seen as an unmitigated burden, taking jobs from locals, straining public resources, and stoking fears of rising crime and terrorism. Clearly there are significant costs and risks shouldered by host countries, but there is another side to the story—the contributions made by refugees as they bring...
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Monitoring and Evaluating Employment and Vocational Training Programs
Mar 17, 2016 / Highlight
The World Bank, the French Development Agency and the Center for Mediterranean Integration organized a regional knowledge sharing and capacity building workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of employment and Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) programs.
The workshop, which was officially launched by the Moroccan Minister of...
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