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WOMEN BETWEEN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE BRITISH ISLAND TOP UNIVERSITIES: OBSERVATION OF WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE IN THE LAST CENTURY

W.M. Abutaleb

University of Cambridge / University of Oxford / King Saud University (UNITED KINGDOM)
Women! World of challenges has been faced by women to get basic rights such as education for longer than centuries. The last century witnessed phenomenon progress in that aspect,

In this paper I am going to discuss the women education in two different universities model: a Saudi Arabian University and Oxbridge Universities. The women in both sites have been treated with high sensitivity and certain conditions. A fair question to ask is that: were these conditions to protect women or to protect the men from women?

As a student in the highest ranked university within Saudi Arabia (and the Arab world), then the best two universities in United Kingdom (and among the top ten worldwide) I have been through an enriching experience.
I input my own observation for the current situation and the review of these leading universities history in relation of women education.

For my surprise, in the Oxbridge universities even they are around 900 years old, only in the last five decades women were granted a place with certain conditions and precautions. In the other hand the Saudi first University granted women admission only three years after its establishment. Again certain conditions apply.

In this paper I will explore with you what are these gender related conditions are, and how they influence the way the university system influence women education.