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What is a University Degree Worth in the Arab World?

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Sep 17, 2015 / 0 Comments
   
Photo by: Ramzi Maalouf

Graduation—a long-awaited day in most students' lives. Yet, according to Amir Fakih, himself a recent graduate from Lebanon’s Notre Dame University, a graduation ceremony also comes with grievances. To illustrate his perception of the future for Lebanon’s young university graduates, he decided to dress himself in his graduation gown doing low-income jobs.

 

Amir, in his final stage of his university degree, was wandering the streets of Hamra, an educated and well-off district of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, when the idea came to him. Dressed in his graduation gown, he portrayed himself in what he considered potential future jobs: as a cashier in a local food shop, a waiter in a café, a flower vendor on the street, or even a beggar on the pavement.

 

Continue reading the article on the World Bank’s blog here.

Christine Petré

Christine Petré is a partner and editor at the hugely popular young news site Your Middle East that provides breaking news and in-depth analysis from across the Middle East and North Africa region. Christine is a freelance writer, blogger and journalist based in Tunis, Tunisia. She is passionate about journalism & international relations, especially conflict & humanitarian issues in MENA. Her writings have been published in numerous newspapers and news sites globally, such as the Middle East Monitor, The Atlantic Post, Your Middle East, Islamist Gate, Courrier International, Africa Times News, Consultancy Africa Intelligence, Epoch Times, Think Africa Press, TT.

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