The Hollings Center’s Higher Education Dialogue series fosters cooperation between universities and other institutions of learning through the exchange of ideas, expertise and best practices.  Dialogues focus on issues of significant importance to higher education communities in the United States and the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Europe and Eurasia.  Participants include distinguished university presidents, administrators, senior officials and educators from over a dozen countries.  Dialogue conferences have explored topics that include independent universities in the Muslim world, study abroad programs and quality assurance in higher education.

Bridging the Disconnect between Education and the Economy

February 2015. Six years following the onset of the global economic crisis of 2008, national economies have struggled to make up lost gains. Unemployment remains above pre-crisis levels in many countries, particularly among youth. Throughout Muslim-majority countries, such as Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Libya, the high rate of youth unemployment has led to multi-faceted negative…

Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education

March 2014. Following Libya’s parliamentary elections in 2012 and the establishment of a new government, the new representatives announced a bold vision for the future of Libyan higher education. What kind of progress has been made since the Revolution? What are areas that still need to be worked on? What do Libyan institutions seek from…

Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia

February 2012 This dialogue invited participants representing a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including educators, institute directors, academics, documentary filmmakers, museum curators, government officials and civil society leaders from the US, Middle East, and Central Asia to think collectively about methodological and ethical issues in oral history and to share their experiences. It explored how…

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An International Dialogue on Progress and Challenges

October 2009. This dialogue focused on the most recent trends and innovations in evaluation and quality assurance.  The dialogue examined quality assurance from different national, cultural, and institutional perspectives, bringing together university presidents, government officials, and higher education experts from the Middle East and North Africa, Southwest and Southeast Asia, Turkey and the United States.