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Nafiz Rifaee:” Why aren’t Arab Universities Excelling?Why aren’t they on the list of the Top 500 Univ. in the World?”


In an article published last week in Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem, Nafiz Rifaee, a leading Palestinian mind who is bringing cultural and systems innovation to Palestine, asks why isn’t any Arab university mentioned on the list of the Top 500 Universities in the world. A recent study published by Shanghai Universities ranked European, American and 6 Israeli universities among the top universities in the world. Mr. Rifaee is calling on all Arab academics, politicians and business people to take a closer look at the problem. He says “We have some of the greatest minds in the world. Our young Arab men and women are eager to learn and be innovative; the question remains, are we providing them with the best education and technologies to help them excel?” adding ” our young generation is where we need to invest most. they are the tallest buildings we want to build, and the most precious resources we have.”

Nafiz Rifaee is the President of Bethlehem University Alumni Association. He is leading the Build Palestine Initiative sponsored and designed by the Center for Human Emergence-Middle East. He can be reached at nafizrifae@buildpalestine.org

Click on either link to read the full article in English or Arabic:

English Text PDF

Arabic Text PDF