The Impact of the Western Liberal Arts Education in the Mena Region: A Case Study


This study focuses on the development of the millennial generation within the liberal arts education setting. It has been proven that the principles of different generations are subjected to change from time to time. It is the university’s duty to articulate the distinctive sociological, ideological, and psychological variation of each generation to help it provide a sufficient educational system. Follow-up researches in different educational systems should be conducted regularly in order to maintain the rapid changes of the millennial generation. This research focuses on understanding student development models that adequately demonstrate the effectiveness of a liberal arts education within the MENA region. The emphasis of this paper is on Arab students within transnational settings, focusing on the American University in Cairo and the American University of Kuwait. While hearing the responses of the interviewee I was able to link emerging themes that was stated by the students from the two different institutions. I was able to compile data that worked hand in hand with the themes and supports the objective of the research through analysis, valuable data, theories and interviews. It was very challenging to compare two institutions that were established in completely different era in focus of their liberal arts education. One of the main goals of a liberal arts education is to teach undergraduate students to go beyond limit and look into various disciplines. They should have the urge to argue, debate and disagree (Chopp, Frost, & Weiss, 2013).

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Heba AbdelRahman Hamza Ibrahim Mansour, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

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Conference: ECE2018
Stream: Higher education

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