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Academic Mobility in the Middle East and Egypt

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  

For the past 15 years, countries in the Gulf region have embraced the higher education system of the West and witnessed a shift in student mobility patterns. There is a growing number of international students opting to pursue higher education within the region.
 
Recent events in the United States (U.S.) have dampened student confidence and led to a decline in the nation’s overall share of the international student market in recent years. The January 27 order which restrains citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. has led commentators to forecast the possibility of a “domino effect”. This can result in a decrease in higher education enrollment among students from the Arab region and beyond.
 
Even prior to the travel ban, however, there has been an observed shift in student mobility patterns in and from the region, especially with the rise of intraregional academic mobility. This article serves to provide a brief overview of student mobility trends in five countries that are notably dynamic in terms of international student mobility: Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
For the past 15 years, countries in the Gulf region have embraced the higher education system of the West and witnessed a shift in student mobility patterns. There is a growing number of international students opting to pursue higher education within the region; thereby illustrating a significant change and positive move by authorities to create tertiary institutions that cater to these students.
 
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