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  • More Help Needed for UAE Youth and the Elderly

    Roberta Pennington, The National
    July 16, 2016

    State-funded foundations offer opportunities to promising Emirati youth but lack services to meet the growing needs of at-risk youths, the elderly, and the environment, a study has found.

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  • Teacher Licensing and Balancing Investment are Key Challenges for UAE Education Sector

    Nadeem Hanif, The National
    July 12, 2016

    Getting every teacher through the UAE’s licensing system and maintaining a clearer balance between investment in schools and profits will be key challenges facing the education sector into the next decade, experts say. Dr. Natasha Ridge calls for a more diverse education sector with a wider range of non-profit schools.

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  • What Cognitive Science Tells Us About Arabic Literacy

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    June 29, 2016

    Education leaders in the Gulf are familiar with international benchmark tests like the PIRLS, TIMSS, and PISA. Most are also familiar with the reality that, despite massive financial investments in education on the part of GCC states, their test scores remain comparatively low. Cognitive neuroscience, believes Dr. Abadzi, may shed light on why Arab students fall behind students from other nations at such early stages in their education.

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  • Artist Soraya Sikander on Painting: "No City Could be More Rewarding than Ras Al Khaimah"

    Anna Seaman, The National
    June 06, 2016

    Soraya Sikander exhibited work at the 2016 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Here, she shares her thoughts on abstract art and why Ras Al Khaimah’s beautiful landscapes and seascapes continue to inspire her.

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  • RAK Adds Value to its History

    Myriam Kruisheer Ortega, El Correo del Golfo
    May 24, 2016

    Al Qasimi Foundation visiting scholar Matthew Maclean presented his research on important historical sites in Ras Al Khaimah and how they can be integrated into present-day life to retain the unique character of the emirate.

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  • Gems Education Teachers Offered Shares to Stay On

    Roberta Pennington, The National
    May 16, 2016

    GEMS, a major private school operator, is offering shares to teachers across the region in a bid to keep them for the long term. Growing competition within private schools has spawned a buyers’ market for teachers. Dr. Natasha Ridge said it was good to encourage employee ownership of a company but there was no evidence to suggest that it would result in better quality education.

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  • How a Road in the UAE Paved the Way for Politicking and National Identity

    Nick Leech, The National
    May 12, 2016

    Doctoral Scholar Matt MacLean tells the story of the first road between the emirates, which connected Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah beginning in the 1960s. The implications of this road involved international politics and national identity. Moreover, the significance of mobility in the UAE has not decreased in the years of development since that road was paved.

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  • First Highway in the UAE was a Game of High Stakes

    Sami Zaatari, Gulf News
    May 11, 2016

    Travel across the UAE these days has been greatly eased thanks to the construction of world-class highways that connect the country, but for the first such highway built from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah in the 1960s, the story was anything but simple. The Al Qasimi Foundation's doctoral scholar Mr. Matthew MacLean shares this story.

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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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