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The famous French work ethic 5, September 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in French IR.
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Far be it from me, but a slothly ros bif from across the Channel, I mean, La manche, to criticise my chums en France, after all they have given us the baguette, ham, etorki cheese, red wine, revolution and the world’s most beautiful city, but I venture that these pictures have something deleterious to say about the French work ethic.

As lovely as these post-it note designs are, I fear that had this been done in London, the admittedly artistic culprits would have been sacked immediately for wasting time at the office. Zut alors, and all that.

Arab Universities in world league table 5, September 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
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I don’t really pay that much attention to University league tables. Well, I do, but I don’t think that they’re infallible by any means and we can all point to absurd examples of where tables chronically lie. But this list is somewhat sobering. Room for improvement, as they say.

Universities in the top 600 list

  1. 200 – King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  2. 221 – King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  3. 300- American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  4. 338 – United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  5. 370 – King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
  6. 377 – Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  7. 488 – King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
  8. 514 – University of Tehran, Iran
  9. 526 – Umm Al Qura University, Saudi Arabia
  10. 529 – King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
  11. 533 – Qatar University, Qatar
  12. 534 – Cairo University, Egypt
  13. 551 – American University in Cairo, Egypt

And unless Kuwait University has simply been missed off by accident in the Gulf News article of the report, it is a chronic indictment of scandalous proportions that it is not in the top 550 overall.

Qatar: known for being unknown 5, September 2011

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I can’t remember how many presentations and talks I’ve given on Qatar where I’ve used the phrase

Qatar was known for being unknown

It seems that I’m not alone and even the exalted Guinness World Record people agree. Wonder what my University will make of a reference to the Guinness Book of World Records in my PhD?