Community colleges could serve as an important model in building the educational infrastructure to support these emerging economies. Community colleges serve as a gateway to economic and social prosperity and provide a return on investment for both the students and the communities in which they live.
I understand higher education, I have spent the last 14 years of my life dedicated to it, which has always been ironic since my own education is not what they would say measures up. But here I was, part of a delegation asked to speak with four North African nations about partnerships and opportunities to advance their higher education sector.
The Tunisian political landscape cannot be analyzed and understood in its full complexity without putting it against the regional and global context of "the Arab revolutions," these social and political turmoil that made it possible to decapitate two of the most despotic and corrupt regimes in the Arab region.
I'm delighted to announce the launch of Al Huffington Post Maghreb, a French-language edition of The Huffington Post covering the Maghreb countries -- Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Just last month we launched our first Asian edition, in Japan, and now we're thrilled to be bringing The Huffington Post to Africa, inviting people in the Maghreb to add their voices to the growing global conversation. And there is a tremendous opportunity for Al Huffington Post Maghreb to do its part to contribute to the consolidation of the region's young democracy. It's an opportunity underscored by the countless bloggers already at work in the region, at a time when free expression is not a given, but more of a work in progress. The changes in the region have created a new generation of citizens, electrified by all the new possibilities. And Al Huffington Maghreb wants to tell and share their stories.