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  • Dr. Natasha Ridge Says Her Book Shows the Gender Divide in Education is the Same Across the World

    Dr. Natasha Ridge Says Her Book Shows the Gender Divide in Education is the Same Across the World

    Janice Harris
    September 24, 2014

    As is the case in Australia, boys in the UAE are lacking male role models in teaching, which can often lead to them becoming disengaged with the learning process in high school years.

  • Health | Yoga | Al Qasimi Foundation | Community Gathering | Ras Al Khaimah

    Well-being is a State of the Mind and Body

    Melanie Swan, The National
    September 15, 2014

    A Community Gathering, residents in Ras Al Khaimah were taught there is more to fitness and well-being than sessions in the gym and salads for lunch.

  • GCC Education | Migrant teachers | Education research | Al Qasimi Foundation | UAE

    Researchers Study Arab Migrant Teachers in the Gulf in Effort to Inform Education Policy

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    September 08, 2014

    This study suggests ways that the trend of migrant education workers should be addressed and leveraged, particularly in the Gulf, for the benefit of local students and the national economy of the UAE, which is increasingly relying on human capital.

  • Samar Zarifa | Policy Paper | Al Qasimi Foundation | Sustainable Development | Al Jazeera | Al Hamra | Ras Al Khaimah

    Alumnus Samar Zarifa Turns her MLA Thesis into a Policy Paper on Sustainable Desert Development for the Al Qasimi Foundation

    John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
    September 08, 2014

    Zarifa's paper, Sustainable Desert Development: A Case Study of Al Jazeera Al Hamra, was presented at the 7th International Conference on Architecture of the 21st Century.

  •  Revolving door | UAE Higher education | Professor turnover | Al Qasimi Foundation

    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.

  • Thai food | Banyan Tree | Community Gathering | Al Qasimi Foundation | Nutrition

    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.

  • Professional Development | Al Qasimi Foundation | Personality Test

    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.

  • Knowledge economy | Higher education | Staff turnover | UAE | job insecurity

    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.

  • Higher Education | UAE Research | Job insecurity | David Chapman | Natasha Ridge | Al Qasimi Foundation

    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.

  • Staff Crisis | Higher Education | Education research | UAE | Natasha Ridge | Al Qasimi Foundation

    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.