Major Challenges Facing Higher Education in the Arab World: Quality Assurance and Relevance

  • Adnan Badran
  • Elias Baydoun
  • John R. Hillman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Adnan Badran, Elias Baydoun, John R. Hillman
    Pages 1-11
  3. John R. Hillman, Elias Baydoun
    Pages 13-68
  4. Christian-Andreas Schumann, Feng Xiao, Kevin Reuther, Claudia Tittmann
    Pages 69-96
  5. Ossi V. Lindqvist
    Pages 97-107
  6. John Waterbury
    Pages 133-166
  7. Isam Zabalawi, Isil Tumer Floden
    Pages 237-255
  8. Mohamed Bettaz, Marwan Kamal
    Pages 277-288
  9. Hani Mourtada
    Pages 353-362

About this book


This book focuses on two crucial issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency by universities in the Arab region, namely (a) conducting independent assessments of the quality of their teaching, research, administration, governance, and planning; and (b) determining the relevance of their teaching, research, and societal impacts. Although well-established around the world in manufacturing industries and private-sector service industries, including the research and commercialisation arms of the major universities and research institutes, it is only in recent years that quality-assurance (QA) assessments have started to be applied to most aspects education. Several Arab universities are adopting various forms of QA but some variants are little more than bureaucratic “box-ticking” exercises with minimal commitment by staff to the ultimate aim of continuing self-improvement.

This book will be of interest to senior management at faculty and departmental level and above in all Arab universities specifically, and more generally in Islamic institutions of higher education. Senior management in other universities, especially in the developing world will benefit from its analyses and recommendations.


Universities in Jordan the Maghreb Universities in Jordan the Kuwait Universities in Jordan the Syria Higher education in Arab universities Quality assurance and relevance in university rankings

Editors and affiliations

  • Adnan Badran
    • 1
  • Elias Baydoun
    • 2
  • John R. Hillman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NutritionUniversity of PetraAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Department of BiologyAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  3. 3.James Hutton InstituteDundeeUK

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