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University education in refugee camps must meet refugee needs

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages Paul O’Keeffe, Université de Genève and Abdeljalil Akkari, Université de Genève In recent years there’s been an increasing demand for higher education in refugee camps across Africa. This is because young people in camps (or coming into camps) are finishing school or looking for something to do, and because humanitarian-development initiatives promote education …

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legacy”>Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical …

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Why is Eid celebrated twice a year and how has coronavirus changed the festival?

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi Ken Chitwood, Concordia College New York Editor’s note: At sundown on July 30, Muslims all over the world celebrated one of the principal festivals, Eid al-Adha. Earlier in May, Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr. Ken Chitwood, a scholar of global Islam, explains the two Islamic …

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How to narrow the gap between what universities produce and what employers expect

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LumiNola/Getty Images Angelo Fynn, University of South Africa Higher education is usually seen as a way for individuals and families to improve their economic status. Research shows, though, that graduates can remain unemployed for up to a year. In developing countries, in particular, the labour force is often growing faster than the labour market. Graduate unemployment remains a reality for …

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Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy

Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images

Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images David L. Di Maria, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 8 to explain a policy rule issued on July 6. The Trump administration announced on July 14 that the policy rule had been rescinded. U.S. …

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The West Bank’s fate is unknown as Netanyahu stalls on annexation

Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank in village of Kufr Qaddumm on July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank in village of Kufr Qaddumm on July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) Philip Leech-Ngo, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa It’s mid-July, two weeks after what many in the international media believed was Israel’s start date for the annexation of large parts …

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Why it’s important to know how fluids move

Knowing how fluids move can help us understand virus transmission better. Stock image/Getty Images

Knowing how fluids move can help us understand virus transmission better. Stock image/Getty Images Justin Pringle, University of KwaZulu-Natal COVID-19 has sharply brought into focus the impact of respiratory infectious diseases on humanity. It has also shown that the greatest defence against health crises is government policy that is strongly rooted in science. In an attempt to contain the spread …

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My new life as a coronavirus tester – a scientist’s story

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RossHelen/Shutterstock Tobias Wauer, University of Cambridge It was March 2020, and my plans to start a new cancer research project in Boston were called off for the same reason everything else was grinding to a halt: coronavirus. Facing indeterminate months confined to my sofa, I signed up to a call for scientist volunteers circulated by the University of Cambridge. The …

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