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Africa/Middle East Briefing

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Saudi Arabia's highly educated women, the UN pulls out of Chad, and battles over the Nile.

Education, Nile, Peter Mwangi, Saudi Arabia, graduates, schooling

The brainier sex

Saudi Arabia [EDUCATION]

Saudi Arabia is not known for its liberal attitude towards women. Despite numerous protests – all quickly quashed – it is still illegal for women to drive, for example. But in one area, higher education, Saudi Arabia is surprisingly female-friendly. According to new figures compiled by Unesco, the majority of Saudi university graduates are now women.

This being Saudi Arabia, most of them are educated at women-only universities and colleges, of which there are now more than 300. The opening of the Princess…


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