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Arab council documents rapid rise of social science

The Arab world has experienced an exponential increase in social science research over the past three decades, a draft report has said, including a sevenfold increase in the number of dedicated research centres.

The preliminary assessment by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences reports that the region now hosts more than 280 research institutes dedicated to the subject, compared with around 40 prior to 1981. There has also been a rapid rise in the number of universities teaching social science, with 55 per cent of institutions across the Arab world offering social science degrees—a significant figure given the young age of most Arab institutions.  

Meanwhile, the number of scientific periodicals on the subject has risen to 180, and the appearance of social science in mainstream newspaper articles has risen to above 60 per cent of all editions. The findings, due to be published in a final report in June, link the rise in social science study to the economic and political development of the region.

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