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  • UAE Schools Need to Find Their Way Forward

    Editorial, The National
    May 03, 2016

    The UAE's transient population presents a challenge for education planning. Expatriates come and go all the time, making it difficult to predict the number of places needed at the private schools that teach their children. Due to changes in the economy, many schools simply don’t know which students will be coming back in September after the summer break. This editorial suggests ways to support education quality in these communities.

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  • Private Schools Face Fight to Survive Amid Competition

    Nadeem Hanif, The National
    May 02, 2016

    Private schools face a battle to survive amid competition for fewer pupils and the need to raise salaries to attract the best teachers. The Al Qasimi Foundation's Dr. Natasha Ridge explains that this means there will be more downward pressure on profit margins at private schools, which could lead to lower-income schools stuck in a vicious cycle in which they cannot attract good teachers and so standards decline. Implications for education here are extensive.

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  • Arab Youth Survey Suggests Unemployment Drives Terrorism

    Rasha Faek, Al Fanar Media
    April 22, 2016

    Dr. Natasha Ridge weighs in on what new survey findings may tell us about Arab youth and their thoughts on unemployment. While education is directly linked to unemployment, this survey does not look at that dimension of the youth experience.

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  • Book Review: Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in the Gulf States

    Forum for International Education Research
    April 11, 2016

    This book offers an in-depth study to readers interested in researching the effects of globalization within the Arabian Gulf States and the way this cultural revolution has created emerging roles for women while it stresses that gender stereotypes broaden the economic and social gap within the Arabian Gulf States.

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  • Bluegrass Band Engages Students Through Music and Across Cultures

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    March 29, 2016

    The Henhouse Prowlers, an American bluegrass band from Chicago, Illinois, brought both music and educational fun when they visited Ras Al Khaimah in March as part of its tour across the UAE.

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  • UAE’s Urban Landscape Reflects National Identity

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    March 29, 2016

    Mr. Matthew MacLean is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University and one of the Foundation’s resident scholars. He has spent months looking at what the UAE’s infrastructure tells us about the emergence of its national identity and its rich heritage.

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  • Students Seize Opportunities to Grow and Serve Through Volunteer Program

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    March 29, 2016

    Grade 10 students in the Sheikh Saqr Student Enrichment Program are getting a chance to explore their passions and interests while helping their community through a pilot service-learning program.

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  • NYUAD Student’s Artwork Featured at the RAK Fine Arts Festival

    Carlos Alberto Escobar, The Gazelle
    February 20, 2016

    On Feb. 19, the fourth annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival was inaugurated. The Gazelle covered the event as NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Zane Mountcastle showcased his work at the opening night. Said Mountcastle. "In the context of the UAE today, the photo becomes a commentary on the mixture of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up the country."

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  • Four UAE Think Tanks Named Top in Region, Influence on Education Policy Uncertain

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    February 10, 2016

    This year, the Index has listed the top 65 education policy think tanks in the world. None of the institutions included in this ranking are based in an Arabic-speaking nation, signaling the importance of developing new education research and strategies for the Arabian Gulf and North Africa.

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  • "Cultural Bias" Fears Over English Language University Test

    Roberta Pennington, The National
    January 30, 2016

    Emirati teenagers perform poorly in a crucial test of their proficiency in English because they believe the test has an inbuilt cultural bias and because school teaching methods do not adequately prepare them, a new study suggests.

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