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  • Spinning Door for Professors May Hurt UAE Higher Ed, Researchers Find

    Sarah Lynch, Al Fanar Media
    August 28, 2014

    The UAE’s state and federal schools are largely attracting transient expatriate staff who are on short-term contracts, work in institutions characterized by top-down decision making and have limited opportunities for professional development. Those factors could be harming the country’s quality of education, researchers have suggested.

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  • Thai Cooking: A Taste of the Far East in the Middle East

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    August 21, 2014

    This June, the Al Qasimi Foundation’s Community Gathering series organized Thai Cooking For Everyone, which was held on-site at Banyan Tree Al Wadi’s signature Thai restaurant, Safran. With the help of Executive Chef Nugraha and his sous chef, eighteen participants learned to create a mouth-watering Thai meal while getting to know their neighbors in Ras Al Khaimah.

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  • Complementary Colors at Work: Professional Development at The Al Qasimi Foundation

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    August 20, 2014

    The Al Qasimi Foundation couldn’t serve our emirate as effectively and enthusiastically as it does without a team of staff who are empowered through a range of professional development opportunities. Recently, the Foundation has been exploring a particular professional development tool, known as Personality Dimensions or colors analysis.

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  • UAE Must Invest in World-class University Faculty

    Editorial, The National
    August 17, 2014

    High rates of turnover are relatively common for the UAE’s expatriate workforce, and generally the country has benefited from highly-skilled workers who apply their expertise for specific projects here and then move on. But in the UAE’s fledgling higher education field, this practice is proving to be one of the barriers to raising standards.

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  • UAE Universities Are Under Threat from Job Insecurity, Research Suggests

    Melanie Swan, The National
    August 13, 2014

    Short-term contracts for university staff are causing job insecurity and “major professional instability” in higher education in the UAE.

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  • Staff Crisis Hits Higher Education Data Centre

    Melanie Swan, The National
    August 10, 2014

    A nationwide project to collect crucial data about higher education has stalled after three of its four staff left. Education researchers and policy makers have voiced their dismay over the staffing problems affecting the Centre for Higher Education Data and Statistics.

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  • Interview: Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

    Hanan Al Shehhi, Al Ghorfa
    August 01, 2014

    In this in-depth interview with Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Al Qasimi Foundation, Al Ghorfa provides a helpful overview of the Foundation and its activities.

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  • Education Regulator Allows Fee Increases at 75 Percent of Dubai Private Schools

    Roberta Pennington, The National
    June 11, 2014

    Three-quarters of the emirate’s private schools have been given permission to raise fees for the coming academic year. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has approved applications by 118 schools.

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  • Local Photography Group Invests in Community

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    June 10, 2014

    Whether hiking deserted dunes, scaling skyscrapers, working the red carpet, or leading interactive workshops, Emirates Falcons Photography is one team of artists who understand their calling and unique context. Recently, the group has collaborated with the Al Qasimi Foundation by hosting distinctive Community Gathering event, Photography for Everyone.

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  • Hands on Learning: A Solution to Student Disengagement?

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    June 10, 2014

    This April, a group of ten educators, policymakers, and researchers boarded a plane from Ras Al Khaimah to Australia in search of one possible to the issue of male student disengagement, a common challenge in schools throughout the UAE.

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