It was less than a month ago when Zahi Hawass, the Egyptologist who has made a name for himself with his flamboyant ways, stepped down from the cabinet. Today, however, the prime minister of Egypt's interim government announced that he was reappointed to the same position.
Egyptians like to celebrate - especially winning political battles. Celebrations broke out in the iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo at news that the previous prime minister - assigned by ex-President Mubarak - stepped down. They were even more jubilant at the announcement that Essam Sharaf, founder and CEO of Age of Science, an NGO with a clear science promotion agenda, will head the new cabinet.
Most Arab states have made progress in providing education over the past decade. However, the quality of education remains poor, many children still leave primary education prematurely and lliteracy rates are relatively high, says a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report.
Egypt's interim cabinet, which is in place until a new president is elected within six months, has seen its first major reshuffle. The interim prime minister has promised a renewed focus on education and science in his cabinet's attempts to tackle Egypt's most pressing problems and challenges.
Protestors at several universities in Algeria are calling for reforms to the university education system and the removal of corrupt officials with calls for the resignation of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Nature Middle East talked to Nidhal Ghassoum, an astrophysicist and professor of physics at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and author of Islam's Quantum Question about how these events will affect the scientific community in the region and what role they can play.
Prominent Egyptian Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail, who arrived in Cairo two days ago, sees the present crisis engulfing his home country as an opportunity for President Mubarak to make history, but stopped short of demanding his immediate resignation in a press conference on Sunday.