Internationalisation activities in the Levant

JORDAN

Highlights

  • Most HEIs teach in English teaching and have the syllabus coherent with international standards. English version of institutional websites available.
  • Good cooperation in Hard Sciences and research on the top agenda of internationalization for universities.
  • A QA policy and agency exists for HEIs, which contributed to quality of education and improved universities’ international ranking, perceived as a means of promoting international research.
  • The country’s stability compared to the other countries in the region.
  • Jordanian HEIs are willing to develop joint degrees and more joint doctoral programmes, as well as making agreements for co-supervision of PhD students.
  • Great experience of many Jordanian HEIs with the Erasmus+ program.
  • HEIs need to work on strengthening the entrepreneurial mindset and the capacity to dialogue with the private sector.

LEBANON

Highlights

  • Full autonomy of Higher Education Institutions.
  • International Relations Offices and QA offices exist in most universities, staff is well trained and experienced in international cooperation.
  • The HE system works in 3 languages (EN, FR, AR) facilitating 2-ways mobilities.
  • English and/or French version of institutional websites available.
  • Strong interaction with large international organisations.
  • Some Lebanese universities are at the top of HEIs international rankings.
  • Lebanon may act as a cultural bridge between Europe and the Middle East.
  • Many joint degrees and double diplomas are already in place.
  • Coexistence of both the European and the American credit systems.
  • No legislation to recognize online education is in place.

SYRIA

Highlights

  • Both private and public universities join international cooperation initiatives, and both academic and administrative staff participate in mobility programs.
  • Most public universities have International Relation Offices.
  • HEIs teaching is mostly in Arabic, with few courses in English or French.
  • There is no credit system in Syrian HEIs.
  • The only university allowed to deliver online education is the Syrian virtual university. Moreover there are not many infrastructures or tools for online learning.
  • The war and the instability of the country had a huge impact on academic cooperation, reducing both opportunities and interest.
  • Studying abroad is not recognized, and joint degrees are not possible at the undergraduate level. At the Master and PhD it is possible for students to do research abroad as part of the study program.

The opportunities opened by the digital dimension

The silver lining of the recent COVID-19 pandemic was that many HEIs were forced to move faster towards digitalisation and the use of ICT tools in education, to compensate for the restrictions of movement and in-presence life. The digital dimension of education had an impact also on internationalisation activities, which had a great stop (it […]

Internationalisation of higher education in Syria

After many years of conflict, Syrian higher education institutions continue to function. The most significant impact over the HE sector has been on the quality of the education provided, and on the capacity of Syrian HEIs to maintain stable relations with foreign universities around the world. Academic cooperation has suffered deeply due to the political […]

Internationalisation of higher education in Lebanon

Internationalisation of higher education in Lebanon is an historical process and a natural evolution, and has been mostly the result of initiatives of individual higher education institutions, together with the support of foreign governments, supranational organizations and international policies, rather than the consequence of national legislation. Furthermore, the Lebanese diaspora has resulted in a multinational […]

Internationalisation of higher education in Jordan

Universities in Jordan aim to raise among the world-class universities, providing students with quality education and learning experience, adopting research programs, producing and disseminating knowledge and integrating a lifelong learning approach to contribute to the quality of local, regional and international communities. Being international and being recognized at international level has indeed been a priority […]

Blog at WordPress.com.