Networking has long been a mainstay of most academic careers. Striking up a conversation in the buffet line at a conference could lead to co-authoring a paper; an impromptu introduction after a lecture might result in groundbreaking collaboration.
The Middle East and North Africa have large youth populations and growing university participation. For all its political instability, arid climate and dwindling oil reserves, the Middle East and North Africa is often considered to harbour significant economic potential.
University leaders from the Middle East and North Africa will convene in Abu Dhabi to discuss how a multidisciplinary model can help build knowledge economies and advance academic research.
In a world where diplomatic ties seem to be fraying everywhere – between China and the US, mainland Europe and the UK, North Korea and pretty much everyone – can academics help patch things up?
The United Arab Emirates is starting to change its visa system to attract international researchers and working on research commercialisation to help diversify its economy, as a Mars probe project shifts national attitudes to science, according to a minister.
Explore the top universities in parts of the Middle East and North Africa based on data collected by Times Higher Education. The league table was compiled by filtering the World University Rankings results to include only universities located in nations that are members of the Arab League.