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  • UAE Cabinet | Military service | Conscription | Natasha Ridge | Gender gap | Drop out

    UAE Cabinet Introduces Mandatory Military Service for all Emirati Males

    Ola Salem, The National
    January 20, 2014

    The UAE will introduce mandatory military service for all Emirati men aged between 18 and 30, it was announced on Sunday. Service length will be shorter for men who have completed secondary school. Dr. Natasha Ridge explains implications of this development for education and the economy.

  • Male Emiratis | Gender gap | Teacher appreciation | Ras Al Khaimah | Education quality | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Appreciating Male Emirati Teachers

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    December 22, 2013

    As only approximately 20 percent of male teachers in the United Arab Emirates’ government schools are Emirati, the Al Qasimi Foundation thought it was important to learn more about this vital, yet underrepresented group.

  • GCES | Comparative Education | GCC | Research | Symposium

    GCES: Celebrating Five Years of Education Collaboration in the GCC

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    December 22, 2013

    This year, the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) will begin its sixth year as a professional society and will hold its Fifth Annual Symposium in Dubai. Since 2008, this this non-governmental professional society has been dedicated to fostering academic and policy research in the field of education across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

  • Majlis Series | Urban Development | Al Qasimi Foundation | Public Policy

    Policy Majlis Series Launches with Urban Development Lab in Ras Al Khaimah

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    December 22, 2013

    An array of Ras Al Khaimah’s leaders and policy makers assembled at the Al Qasimi Foundation offices for the first in the Foundation's new Majlis series. This series of events is dedicated to disseminating research on Ras Al Khaimah to policymakers and community stakeholders.

  • Saudi Deportations | Education Reform | Kafala | Emiratisation | Natasha Ridge

    Saudi Deportations Gain Momentum

    Simeon Kerr, Abeer Allam, and Javier Blas, Financial Times
    December 06, 2013

    With one in four Saudi men unemployed, the nation is making new efforts to expel up to 2 million of its immigrants from Yemen, India, Pakistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and other countries.

  • Ras Al Khaimah | UAE National Day | Al Qasimi Foundation | Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

    "Miracle" of UAE's 42 Years

    Melanie Swan, The National
    December 02, 2013

    The UAE has seen a miracle in its 42 years, the Ruler of RAK said yesterday as he unveiled a flagpole symbolizing the country's unity.

  • Vocational Education | NIVI | Natasha Ridge | New York Times

    United Arab Emirates Looks to Vocational Education

    Sara Hadman, New York Times
    November 23, 2013

    For Musaab Abdo Murshed al-Maamari, continuing his studies after high school has meant striking out on a new path: he signed up for a practical engineering program in Dubai rather than enrolling in college.

  • UAE Education | Art and science | Emiratisation | Editorial

    UAE Moves Away From Choosing Arts or Sciences by Combining Both

    National Editorial, The National
    November 23, 2013

    For most countries in the Gulf region, including the UAE, schools follow the traditional two-track system, and the new decision will have profound implications.

  • Public Schools | Art & science | Emiratisation | Natasha Ridge | UAE Federal National Council | FNC

    UAE Public School Students Will Not Have to Choose Between Arts and Science, FNC Hears

    Ola Salem, The National
    November 23, 2013

    The Ministry of Education’s move to merge arts and science streams in public schools will give pupils more time to make career decisions, academics say.

  • Online Courses | Soha Shami | Education trends | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Online Courses that Fit You

    Aya Lowe, Gulf News
    October 29, 2013

    The education landscape in Dubai is changing drastically. Universities in the UAE are increasingly adding online courses, and the Foundation's Soha Shami comments.