Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world.

Implications of Morocco’s Bifurcated Educational System
By Yasmine El Baggari (Jadaliyya)

In an article for Jadaliyya, Yasmine El Baggari writes about the problems emanating from Morocco’s dual-language education system.

2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal to Khaled Khalifa’s “No Knives in the Kitchens of This City”
By M. Lynx Qualey (Arabic Literature [in English])

Syria novelist Khaled Khalifa wins this year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for his novel No Knives in the Kitchens of this City.

A Qatari Teaching Center Lifts up Low-Performing Schools
By Christina Maria Paschyn (Al-Fanar Media)

Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development, established in 2010, aims to develop the teaching skills of educators in low-performing schools.

Palestinian Teachers Strike Over Pay Dispute
By Daoud Kuttab (Al-Monitor) 

Complications in a compromise between the Palestinian government and the teachers union results in a full strike by Palestinian teachers demanding a pay increase.

Raising Awareness of the Challenges Palestinian Students Face
By Mohamed Elmeshad (Al-Fanar Media)

During Right 2 Education (R2E) week in November students from over 30 western universities aim to raise awareness of the challenges Palestinian students face on a daily basis in their pursuit of higher education.

Kuwait Book Fair: Practically No Books Banned This Year, More or Less, Censor Says
By M. Lynx Qualey (Arabic Literature [in English])

Following a history of banning books, this year’s Kuwait International Book Fair claims that censorship over books present at the fair has receded. Meanwhile, due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, Syrian publishers were nearly absent at the book fair.

Publishing City to be Set Up in Sharjah
(Gulf News)

The United Arab Emirates issued a decree that will allow the development of the Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) Free Zone.

Report Exposes Education Gap in Arab World
By Noorhan Barakat (Gulf News)

The Arab Thought Foundation’s sixth Arab Cultural Development Report highlights the lack of integration between the Arab world’s education system, scientific research, labor market, and development. 

Top Ranking for UAE University in New Study
(The National)

UAE University was the top ranking Arab world university and the 76th worldwide in the Times Higher Education’s BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 report on the best institutions in emerging economies.

Three Egyptian Universities in Emerging Countries Top 100
(Ahram Online)

Three Egyptian universities were included in the Times Higher Education’s BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 report. Alexandria University ranked 93, Cairo University ranked 95, and Mansoura University ranked 97.

Deal Inked to Launch “Smart” Learning in Arabic
(Gulf Today)

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Education signs a deal with Kalimat Publishing Group to promote educational packages that incorporate the use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning.


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