Middle East & North Africa

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Hanan Al Hroub (second from right) speaks with students from the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Education during her visit to Harvard, September 22, 2016.

Bennett Craig, Belfer Center


Askwith Forum: Education as a Human Right with Hanan Al Hroub

September 22, 2016

A video recording from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum on September 22, 2016, featuring Hanan Al Hroub, recipient of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation and a teacher at Samiha Khalil Secondary School in Palestine. Ms. Al Hroub delievered a public address on the topic of "Education as a Human Right" and discussed her experiences as a Palestinian educator and her unique approach to instruction.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Atiyeh Vahidmanesh: Education Inequality in the Middle East

  • Isabella Gordillo
| Fall/Winter 2014 -15

Atiyeh Vahidmanesh became inspired to focus her research on the inequality of educational opportunity after hearing her Virginia Tech advisor and former Belfer Center Visiting Scholar, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, speak on the issue at a seminar. Salehi-Isfahani also introduced her to the Belfer Center, where she then applied for a research fellowship with the Middle East Initiative through its new Emirates Leadership Initiative. Vahidmanesh, a PhD student in economics at Virginia Tech, describes her research as somewhat interdisciplinary between economics and education.

Representatives of Harvard University and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences at the presentation of the Foundation’s $8.1 million gift for continuation of the Kuwait Program at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative.

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Press Release - Harvard University Office of News and Public Affairs

Harvard Kennedy School Receives Gift from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

  • Doug Gavel
| July 13, 2012

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has given $8.1 million to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to support the continuation of the Kuwait Program at HKS Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. The gift will be used to develop leaders with the capacity to address the many challenging public policy issues facing the region. It will also fund research issues of vital importance in the region, such as education, energy, and water.

Southern Sudanese people are seen through a Southern Sudanese flag lining up to vote in Juba, Southern Sudan, Jan. 9, 2011. About 4 million Southern Sudanese voters began casting their ballots on Jan. 9 in a weeklong referendum on independence.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Guardian

Southern Sudan Has Many Lessons to Learn from Juba University

| July 5, 2011

"Critics of the role of universities in economic transformation argue that higher education takes too long to show results and that its focus is usually too academic. However, the evidence suggests that practically oriented universities offer the fastest and most durable ways to incubate new states. With the right vision, universities can confer their attributes to a new state."

Israeli students march through the entrance to Jerusalem, one holding a sign depicting Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, reading in Hebrew "Student! Unemployment wants you!" during a protest against educational reforms, May 10, 2007.

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Analysis & Opinions - Haaretz

The Brain Drain We Don't Hear About

| May 13, 2010

"The finance and education ministers and the heads of the academic planning institutions have to understand that when they plan new "centers of excellence," it is important to include, in the correct proportions, the fields of philosophy, political science, history and communications, among others. These are not necessarily subjects that encourage national economic growth by luring investors or making technological breakthroughs, but they definitely meet an academic demand and undoubtedly can help address the non-material needs of Israeli society, thereby contributing to its strength and vitality."

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Analysis & Opinions - Agence Global

Young Arab World Arising

| Feb. 10, 2010

DUBAI -- When the public policy institute that I work for, the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, organized a regional seminar this week on researching "youth identity and values" in the Arab world, we decided to hold it in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in a Gulf region where "identity issues" are widely debated because nationals tend to account for less than twenty per cent of total populations.

Analysis & Opinions - Business Daily

Africa Needs More Technical Universities

| September 6, 2007

"Meeting safety requirements in international markets will involve the use of sophisticated information systems that allow regulators to effectively trace the movement of products through the entire food chain.

Having technical capacity to manage safety information will help African countries to add value to their produce."

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Analysis & Opinions - Daily Star

Oil Won't Last; Invest in Arab Education

  • Raja Kamal
| January 5, 2007

Many of the Arab nations have been blessed historically with oil and natural gas, which became the dominant engines of economic change  in the last century. That is the good news. The bad news is that oil and natural gas are the sole economic foundations of the Arab world. What the Arab world has failed to achieve is economic diversity.