The future of higher education: Overseas PhDs?

While extrapolating the future is not an easy task, I think today we have some indicators about what the future of research and higher education could be like. I am sure we have all heard about Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Learning Management Systems (LMSs) such as Canvas, EDX, Scholar, and Moodle. All these […]

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Scholarly Integrity and Research Misconducts: The Case of Medical Research

Last night I visited the ORI scholarly integrity website in which I found three research misconduct cases: Littlefield peter from the university of California San Francisco, Geraedts Maria from the university of Maryland Baltimore, and Anil Potti from the university of Duke. What caught my attention is that these three recent cases are all related […]

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We are All Hokies and this is Our Home

No doubt most of us have heard about this threatening graffiti that was found in Price Hall last Thursday. As a Muslim Hokie, I really appreciate all this sympathy and solidarity the Muslim community in Virginia Tech received from their colleagues and the Virginia Tech administration. Yesterday’s stand in the Drillfield, was a great message […]

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If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself ?

Last Monday was really an interesting, amazing, and probably embarrassing 🙂 night to me. It was my first exposure to this kind of communicating science activities. I believe that communication science is very important to us as future professors. We are supposed to be both researchers and teachers and you need to be a good […]

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A better strategy for higher education in Egypt

It was really interesting to have these “global nights” and have this quick overseas tour to visit our countries and give a glimpse about the higher education system there. I really enjoyed knowing about how different countries approach the practice of higher education. This really inspired me to introduce two major modifications to the higher […]

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Open Access Journals: A Computer Science Example

According to Wikipedia, open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to all readers without any access barrier whether it is financial, technical, or legal except this imposed by any difficulty of acquiring internet access. In computer science, there are a lot of open access journals available online, but the one we will […]

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Computer Programming: Code of Ethics

Computer programming is the art of designing and implementing computer based applications for the benefit of organizations, government, the public, and others. Most computer science majors are working in the job market as computer programmers. Most of computer science students are introduced to a code of ethics course which I believe is crucial for them […]

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Can we choose our president?!

It was really an interesting discussion this week about the university leading positions, their qualifications, and methods of hiring. At the very top of the pyramid is the university president or the chief executive officer who is appointed by the Board Of Visitors. A question came to my mind, why appointed? why not elected? Why […]

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A good teacher or a good researcher?

What is more important for a professor, to be a good teacher or a good researcher? One may answer this question by saying that it really depends on the nature of the institution or university in which the professor is working. Some institutions emphasize research (as here in VT), others are not really interested in […]

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Higher Education in Egypt

I really enjoyed this week’s topic about higher education system and the different types of universities and institutions in the US. In this short post, I just want to briefly reflect on the higher educational system we have back home in Egypt. In Egypt, most of the students enter public universities after finishing their high […]

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