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Dire need for a Middle Eastern science spring

The Middle East is rich in human and natural resources, but many of its countries need a cultural and scientific transformation to reach worldwide recognition in education, research and economic productivity. Several institutions are making a positive impact, kindling hope for a successful 'science spring'.

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Figure 1: Demographic and economic statistics for some Middle Eastern countries and, for comparison, for Iran and South Korea.
Figure 2: Scientific production in the Middle East.
Figure 3: Research and education institutions in the Middle East.

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Zewail, A. Dire need for a Middle Eastern science spring. Nature Mater 13, 318–320 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3918

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