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Apr 23,2018 - Last updated at Apr 23,2018

I was lucky to attend last week a symposium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a lecture at Harvard University. Talal Abu Ghazaleh was a keynote speaker and the topic to task was knowledge economy, one of His Majesty King Abdullah’s favourite pursuits in Jordan.

I captured the opportunity to meet with intellectual elites from around the world, and from the Arab countries in particular. The Arab students at the both renowned universities were keen to interact with the Arab world. They feel that the space of maneuverability allowed for them in their own countries is limited, and in some cases virtually non-existent. 

Mashael, a Saudi lady with a master’s degree in space technology, believes that she can help, but feels that until recently, the window of opportunity for her in the Arab world is completely and firmly locked. She runs a company experimenting with horizontal launching. Despite her team’s success in demonstrating their competence, it is only recently that she began to be viewed seriously and not merely as a rich girl toying with high-tech gadgets. 

Rana Dajani, a molecular biochemist and a professor at the Hashemite University, demonstrated a high command of a new-age science frontier and managed to be at the avant-garde of this knowledge. She published pioneering articles in leading scientific journals, and managed on the side to help many women overcome their constraints and reach their potential. 

I sat with Egyptians, Emiratis, Jordanians, Lebanese, Moroccans, Saudis, Syrians and Tunisians. They all carry the same “paradoxical” notion: Should we stay here and forget home, or shall we go home and compromise our chances of a rich future? 

A student from Lebanon told me that she did not like the term brain drain. It signifies a deterministic path where such beautiful minds are considered lost to us in the Arab World forever. She said, with ICT (Information Communication Technology) we can keep contact with those students alive. Thus, their brains can be circulated between the Arab world and the United States or any other country, where such Arab talents exist. We should put this idea into practice and Abu Ghazaleh promised to do that in cooperation with Arab students and alumni associations at MIT and Harvard and the administrations of both universities.

Yet, we must be aware of the fact that the future does not hold much promise of access to the Ivy League and other distinguished universities. According to Yazan Baara, a Jordanian student who studies mechanical engineering at MIT, he was the only undergraduate Arab student to be accepted in MIT in the last two years.

Thus, we have to look for solutions to circumvent this constraint by benefiting from the IT capabilities and facilities to be privy to the most advanced knowledge in the various fields of scientific endeavour.

Although it was a three-day visit, excluding flying time, I came back much richer and greatly thankful to the invitation to be a party to these meetings.

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WHTHIN THE LAST FEW DAYS, THE JORDAN TIMES HAS RAISED THE BAR ON THE BEST WAYS TO FIX THE ARAB WORLD. SMART AND EDUCATED WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD HAS BEEN LOCKED UP IN THE KITCHENS AND THE BASEMENTS OF THE POWER BROOKERS IN OF THE RELIGIOUS FATHERS AND POWER BROOKERS SO WOMEN HAS CONTINUED TO BE EXCLUDED FROM ANY FORM OF MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION IN NATION AND ECONOMIC BUILDING. IF I HAD KNOW THAT THIS GROUP THAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO DEBATE FACE TO FACE WERE AT MIT AND HARVARD, I WOULD HAVE ATTENDED THIS FORUM WHICH IS THE BEST MEDICINE THAT THE ARAB WORLD BADLY NEEDED. NOW, MR JAWAD ANANI HAS SEEN AND RE-AFFIRMS HIS POSITIONS THAT THE ARAB WORLD CAN NOT AFFORD BRAIN DRAINS. I SALUTE MR ANANI AND HIS GROUP FOR EXPLORING THE CONTENTS OF WHAT I MAY CALL OUT OF THE BOX AND BEYOND. THE ARAB WORLD HAS LOTS OF FIRST CLASS BRAINS EITHER LIVING IN EXILE OR LIVING AT HOME BUT IN A DISCONNECTED NEURONS BECAUSE THE GOD FATHERS OF THE SYSTEM LIVING IN THE PAST CAN NOT TOLORATE ANY DECENT OF THE OLD THEORIES AND HYPOTHESIS THEREBY LIVING THE SYSTEM IN A MERRY GO ROUND AND LOCK UPS. NOW THEY HAVE SEEN YOUNG INTELLECTUAL WOMEN AND MEN FROM THE ARAB WORLD RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FROM THE IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS. I SAY TO THE ARAB WORLD " GO TO THE SEA, CATCH THE FISH AND THE DOUTING THOMAS WILL AGREE ".
AS MR ANANI HAS STATED, THIS HAS BEEN THE GOSPEL THAT HIS MAJESTY HAS BEEN PREACHING BUT NO ONE IS LISTINING. IF I COULD RECAL WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN NOT LONG AGO THAT THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO JORDAN IS THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE YOUNG CROWN PRINCE WHO SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE AND NOT THE PAST, THE VISION OF WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BECOME AND SO AN ACTIVE MEMBER AND VOICE OF THE "DOT-COM" GENERATION AND JORDAN SHOULD SUPPORT HIM WITH LOUDER VOICE AND RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THESE LOST BRAINS IN THE WEST. YES MR ANANI WAS CORRECT TO POINT OUT THE POOR IF ANY REPRESENTATION OF THE JORDANIAN STUDENTS IN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS IN USA. THIS DOES NOT ONLY REQUIRE STRAIGHT "A'S " IN HIGH SCHOOLS BUT ALSO CLASS MATE CONNECTIONS AND OPEN MINDED WITH BROAD INTERPULATION AND EXTRAPULATION OF THESE HUNGRY BRAINS. I KNOW LOTS OF JORDANIAN WOMEN IN USA WITH DOCTORATE DEGREES BUT LOCKED OUT OF THEIR MOTHER LAND SO HOW CAN YOU CONNECT?. FORTUNATELY, I AM A JORDANIAN BY HEART BECAUSE I AM MARRIED TO A JORDANIAN AND LOVES JORDAN. MY WIFE IS ONE OF THE MOST ACHIEVED WOMEN IN THE WORLD TODAY BY ANY STANDARD OF MEASUREMENT AND I AM VERY PROUD OF HER. WE HAVE ONE SON WHO WENT TO KG, ELEMENTRY AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN JORDAN AND IRONICALLY, THE CROWN PRINCE WAS HIS CLASS MATE AT PRE-SCHOOL AT MARCUS IMMAN. THANKS TO JORDAN AND HIS ALMA-MATA AT HIGH SCHOOL AND KG AT AMMAN NATIONAL SCHOOL AND I AM ALSO VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT HE IS AT YALE AFTER COMPLETING HIS MS IN ENGINEERING WITH STRAIGHT "A" BUT HE HAS NO RIGHT TO CONNECT OR CONTRIBUTE TO HIS MOTHER LAND BECAUSE HIS FATHER IS AMERICAN AND NOT A JORDANIAN. YES HE IS A NATURALLY BORN AMERICAN CITIZEN BUT HIS MOTHER ( MY WIFE ) IS A JORDANIAN AMERICAN WHICH MEANS THAT HE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS TO PLAY AND CONTRIBUTE TO HIS MOTHER LAND AS HIS CLASS MATES. STATISTICALLY, JORDAN AND THE ARAB WORLD ARE MISSING THE BOATS FOR REASONS THAT NO ONE CAN EXPLAIN. MR ANINI HAVING SEEN WHAT YOU SAW, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THESE CLOED SYSTEM ADAPTED FROM THE DARK AGES?. YOU CAN NOT WIN UNLESS YOU PLAY NEITHER CAN ANY ONE TRANSFORM THE LOCUS TRACED A ROUND BALL CIRCLING IN A SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION INTO A STRAIGHT LINE PASSING THROUGH THE ORIGN. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LATE THAN THE LATE AND SO THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE A "U" TURN AND SAVE THE ARAB WORLD.

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