Ould Amar said ALECSO had faced economic and political difficulties in recent years as financial contributions from Arab countries dwindled, but it has started to recover. It has an annual budget of $11 million, he added.
However, Ould Amar said ALECSO has not yet succeeded in unifying curricula across the Arab world due to different standards and internal issues in various countries.
“They say that uniting scientific research and spending in the Arab world is a necessity for the region to become an attractive environment for Arab creators and inventors, instead of being an environment that exports its talent,” he said. -he declares. “It is possible to achieve this goal, but only by increasing spending on scientific research.”
Teaching Arabic to non-native speakers
The organization has a cooperation programme with the Islamic Development Bank to teach Arabic to non-native speakers. Ould Amar said ALECSO wants to establish a unified system similar to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
“The establishment of a unified system for assessing the Arabic language proficiency of non-native speakers is the start of cooperation between Arab and Western universities in teaching Arabic and issuing certificates to graduates,” he said.
The organization is also trying to secure agreements to support Arabic language schools in Western countries through partnership programs and to help Arab emigrants stay connected to their native language.
As part of its efforts to support refugees, ALECSO provided kits to help train teachers in refugee camps in Jordan. The organization wants to replicate this effort elsewhere with the help of the Arab League. Ould Amar said that economic and political shocks were the main obstacles to the progress of higher education in the Arab world.
Arab expenditure for scientific research
Ould Amar also wants to see a unified ranking system for Arab universities. “Such a ranking should be better than others because it will take into account the specificity of Arab universities,” he said. “The main idea is to encourage scientific research and improve the international ranking of Arab universities.”