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The Business Influences on Teachers’ Work in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates has a significant history of privatizing transportation, communications, utilities and social services. Dubai has recently announced plans to privatize public education and already hosts an extensively privatized education system. While the private schools across the UAE are highly diverse in curriculum offerings and student populations, they are commonly run as for-profit businesses.

This makes the UAE a fertile ground for investigating the ways that the principles of business are embedded in schools, public and private. The interaction of education and business is especially interesting when analyzed from the perspective of teachers within the system.

This presentation will discuss the patterns of experiences of teachers in the UAE and the business influences on their work. While some comparisons are made between the differences in experience between teachers in the public and private sectors, business influences seem to have an effect on the work of teachers across all sectors.


Emily Winchip is a visiting scholar at the Al Qasimi Foundation and a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral research is a study of the experiences of teachers in international schools with a focus on those who work in schools run by for-profit education management organizations. Her research interests include education policy and privatization, and their influences on teachers’ work. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Ms. Winchip was an international educator working in the United States, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Start Date End Date Time
April 23, 2017April 23, 20175 P.M. to 7 P.M.