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SQU Symposium Focuses on Policy-research Divide

Times News Service
March 17, 2013

As many as 460 participants from 13 countries are attending the Fourth Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, sponsored by the UAE-based Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research and hosted by the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University.

The opening ceremony of this three-day symposium was held yesterday under the patronage of Dr Muna bint Salim Al Jardania, undersecretary for technical education and vocational training at the Ministry of Manpower. A total of 71 papers in English and Arabic will be presented during the last two days of the symposium.

Commenting on the theme of the symposium "Bridging the policy-research divide in education in the GCC," Dr. Thuwayba Al Barwani, dean of the College of Education, said, "The time is ripe for us to have meaningful deliberations on the impact that our research has on policy direction in our societies. As academics, we conduct research and disseminate our work in journals and other platforms. The question we should ask ourselves is 'How much of our research really makes a difference?'" She added that researchers should also address the question "How much does research by academics influence government policies?" Dr. Natasha Ridge, a member of the executive board of the Gulf Comparative Education Society, who spoke on behalf of the Society, pointed out that when the first edition of the symposium was held in Ras Al Khaimah, around 100 participants took part in the proceedings.

(Similar articles also appeared in the Arabic press in both Oman Daily and Al Shabibanewspapers).