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REGIONAL WEB SITES

Education System Information
UNESCO International Bureau of Education Arab States Resources:
http://www.ibe.unesco.org/en/worldwide/unesco-regions/arab-states.ht
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Country dossiers by region, including education profiles, reports, curricular resources, bibliographies and links
World Data on Education (UNESCO):
http://nt5.scbbs.com/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=297944&depth=3&in
fobase=iwde.nfo&record={1FF03}&softpage=PL_frame

Searchable database of profiles of country education systems
 
Government Links
Cooperation Council for the Arab States:   http://www.gccsg.org/eng/index.php
Cooperation and integration among members in many fields of development
League of Arab States (Arabic):   http://www.arableagueonline.org/las/index.jsp
Strengthens relations, coordinates policies and cooperates in a variety of fields with member states (English site under construction)
Middle East Partnership Initiative:   http://www.mepi.state.gov/
U.S. Department of State program designed to promote democracy and reform in the middle east in the areas of education, politics, economics and women's empowerment
 
Educational Institutions
Arab Open University :   http://www.arabou.org.sa/en/index.php
Provides a similar higher education curriculum in nine Arab countries; promotes Arab/Islamic heritage as well as high-quality academic standards
Association of Arab Universities (Arabic, some English):   http://www.aaru.edu.jo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=39
Conducting conferences and sharing resources between member universities
Federation of Universities of the Islamic World, Morocco:   http://www.isesco.org.ma
International Association of Universities - University Listings:   http://www.unesco.org/iau/onlinedatabases/list.html
Database of the names (only) of universities and higher education institutions in over 180 countries worldwide (searchable by country name)
 
Professional Bodies
Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States:   http://www.abegs.org
Association of seven states - The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman & Qatar; promotes collaboration among them to reform and unify education systems
Arab Planning Institute:   http://www.arab-api.org/
Non-profit, regional organization that engages in research, training, publishing and consultancy to increase the social and economic development of Arab countries
Institute for Arab Research and Studies (Arabic):   http://www.iars.net/
University of the Middle East Project:   http://www.ume.org/
A non-profit organization whose objective is to promote quality educational leadership and regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa
 
Information for International Students
AMIDEAST:   http://www.amideast.org/
A private, nonprofit organization seeking to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa
 
Additional Links
Pars Times Middle East Resource Guide:
http://www.parstimes.com/mideast/
Website filled with links to organizations, institutions, policy documents, news, etc. regarding the Middle East
Research in the Arab World:
http://guides.library.ucla.edu/content.php?pid=22907&sid=275988
Useful links to libraries, research centers and universities in the Middle East and North Africa
World Data on Education--Middle East & North Africa:
http://www.ibe.unesco.org/Links/mena.htm#offsour
Useful links to education ministries, university networks, and general information on education in many countries in the region
 
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