Young scholars at risk of extinction

Young scholars in the Middle East are at greater risk of being driven from their homes in their 20s and 30s. 

The International Association for the Study of Human Rights, a non-profit that advocates for human rights in the region, recently released its annual Middle East report, which found that about 4% of the Middle Eastern scholars studying today are over the age of 35. 

And those numbers only include scholars who study in the Gulf countries of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, which together comprise a majority of the world’s scholars. 

As Middle East scholars head toward their 30s and 40s, they face challenges. 

They must compete with a younger, more educated workforce, who are often in more remote areas of the region. 

These scholars also face a variety of other challenges, such as limited education opportunities, limited support from families and communities, and poor social status. 

Despite these challenges, the Middle-East is a fascinating region with a rich history and rich cultural traditions, and many scholars want to preserve them. 

“When you think about the Middle Ages, you’re not thinking about the rise of the Renaissance or the fall of the Ottoman Empire. 

You’re thinking about a time when people were able to travel and explore and to make new friends, to have new opportunities, and so it’s important that we keep the traditions of this region alive,” said Richard Wainwright, director of the International Institute for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. 

One way to preserve the Middle ages is to preserve their intellectual achievements, said Wainwood, who is also the Middle Asia Research Program at the Brookings Institution. 

Another way is to support and preserve their academic work. 

But the Middle and Islamic world needs more young scholars in order to preserve its culture and history, said James Martin, director at the Center for Middle East Studies at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 

There is an urgency to preserve this heritage, but it is not enough, he said. 

Middle-aged scholars, especially those in the field of Middle East studies, are under increasing pressure to stay relevant and active in their fields of study. 

That pressure is growing. 

Many universities have closed down or reduced their programs because of their shrinking budgets, Martin said.

“This is a challenge we are facing as a society and as a world,” he said, adding that the number of young scholars is also increasing in the United States. 

In addition to being under pressure to maintain their research, scholars also have to contend with a rising cost of living. 

For Middle Eastern researchers, this means finding affordable housing. 

More than half of the students in the world study in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to the Middle West Foundation, which works to help students and scholars get international scholarships and grants. 

This is not the case for those studying in the UAE, which is home to some of the most educated students in North Africa. 

However, Martin noted that the UAE is not without its challenges.

“I would say that the main problem is the number and the diversity of the UAE’s academic staff, its faculty and staff of researchers,” he explained.

The UAE has seen a decrease in the number, quality and cost of its faculty over the last few years. 

While there is a shortage of researchers, there are many universities in the country that are struggling to maintain an academic quality. 

Martin said it is important to keep in mind that not every university is experiencing the same difficulties, and that academics who are working in universities in other countries are also facing the same challenges.

“I think the issue that we are really facing is that we have this great opportunity to go abroad to do research,” he continued. 

We have to keep the scholarship and support that we’ve got here, Martin added.

While universities in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. have begun to offer tuition discounts to scholars, there is still a shortage in both countries. 

Both countries have higher costs of living than many of their counterparts in the rest of the developed world. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the U, UK, and France cost an average of $40,634 for a bachelor’s degree, while the average for a master’s degree in the U in 2019 was $51,874.

As a result, the average U.K. undergraduate costs $51.75 a year, compared to $64,547 in the UK.

Martin said that as scholars work to maintain and expand their academic programs, they must also continue to support students and families who are struggling with the challenges of living abroad. 

I have always said that if we don’t provide the opportunity for young people to study and grow, then it’s going to be harder for them to succeed in the future,” Martin said, urging academics to “be creative and find ways to keep their students engaged and engaged in their academic pursuits.