Universities in Arab Countries: An Urgent Need for Change

Underpinning the Transition to a Peaceful and Prosperous Future

  • Adnan Badran (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Elias Baydoun
  • John R. Hillman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John R. Hillman, Elias Baydoun
    Pages 1-53
  3. Atta-ur-Rahman
    Pages 105-121
  4. Nidhal Guessoum
    Pages 187-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-317

About this book


This book provides an overview of the current state of universities in the Arab world, and how they have the potential to transform society to raise the quality of life and stimulate wealth. The main themes progress from general to the specific.  Each chapter providing an overview followed by factual analysis and options for the way forward.

All of the major challenges facing universities in general are addressed with reference to issues of particular importance in the Arab Region. The challenges faced include: the need to accommodate a social model of life-long learning; the desire for institutional autonomy while interacting with governments; the availability of open-access online courses and distance learning.

Arab universities are diverse, ranging from those entirely state-controlled and funded, to wholly independent private universities. The quality of governmental oversight is also variable, and some institutions are clearly unworthy of the appellation ‘university’.

The book comprises of 20 chapters authored by senior academics with a wide international experience and a commitment to assisting the improvement of Arab higher educational and research communities.



The future of Arab universities Educational transformation and development Online education and distance learning University reform in developing countries Funding models and teaching methodologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Adnan Badran (Editor-in-Chief)
    • 1
  • Elias Baydoun
    • 2
  • John R. Hillman
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PetraAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Department of BiologyAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  3. 3.James Hutton InstituteInvergowrie, DundeeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73110-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73111-7
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