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  • Research Into Action

    Philanthropy Age
    January 06, 2019

    Dr. Natasha Ridge is executive director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, tasked with supporting progress in Ras Al Khaimah and the wider UAE. She discusses the importance of turning research into action.

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  • Saudi, Emirati universities rank among best in region

    The Arab Weekly
    October 21, 2018

    The “World University Rankings 2018” rate Saudi and Emirati universities as among the best in the region. The rankings “provide governments with good arguments for their people to attend local universities rather than travelling abroad,” said Natasha Ridge, executive director of the Al Qasimi Foundation. “They also signal that governments in the region are serious about being seen as knowledge economies and not just oil economies.”

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  • AURAK Reaches France and California in Expanding International Partnerships

    American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)
    October 02, 2018

    The Dean of Office of Academic Support Services, Prof. Steven Zani of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), coordinated a student exchange with La Rochelle Business School of France and the University of California, Irvine of the US. The Emirati students who traveled to the US studied business English, math, and engineering through scholarships from the Al Qasimi Foundation.

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  • Parents welcome affordable Abu Dhabi schools but demand top-quality education

    The National
    June 13, 2018

    Natasha Ridge, executive director of the Al Qasimi Foundation, believes there is a "real need" to lower private school fees, which are disadvantaging lower-income expatriates. A new model of affordable private schools being rolled out in Abu Dhabi should increase competition and encourage expatriate families to stay in the country and educate their children in the UAE.

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  • RAK Ruler honors 70 high-achieving government school students

    Emirates News Agency
    May 15, 2018

    H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, honored about 70 government school students at the Al Qasimi Foundation's 2018 College Preparation Program Student Awards Ceremony. The students received awards from H.H. for their efforts and academic performance

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  • Should we be worried that women outnumber men on campus?

    The Times Higher Education
    May 10, 2018

    There are now more women than men in higher education worldwide. While it would appear to be a victory for gender equality, this imbalance also highlights boys’ educational underachievement. So why does this gender disparity exist, what are its implications, and what research and programming is trying to address it?

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  • In Education, Gulf Women Don’t Focus on Jobs

    Al-Fanar Media
    May 07, 2018

    Women in Arab Gulf countries are enthusiastic about higher ed, but seek it for the sake of personal fulfillment and not in the expectation of getting professional qualifications, according to a new study by Woohyang Chloe Sim to be published later this year by the Al Qasimi Foundation.

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  • Saud bin Saqr: The UAE is a stabilizing force in the Arab world

    May 03, 2018

    The University of Incheon National has awarded His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has received an honorary doctorate in economics in recognition of the economic achievements and growth achieved by His Highness in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

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  • Peruvian Art Exhibition in the UAE

    April 30, 2018

    Thanks to a collaboration between the Consulate of Peru in Dubai and the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation the art exhibition "The Heart of the Andes" was able to share the artistic and cultural legacy of Peru with the people of Ras Al Khaimah. The two-week exhibition featured Peruvian photographs, watercolors, and ceramics.

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  • Books down: UAE education evolves outside classroom

    The National
    April 17, 2018

    As world education trends move towards science, technology, engineering and math, arts and sport must not be shoved to the side, as integrating them into school curriculums has been shown to help students better connect with their work and increase their well-being and academic performance.

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