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  • Education Hub Strategy and Policy in the UAE: Creating a Cultural Space for Higher Education and Research

    Marvin Erfurth
    September 15, 2019

    Higher education is center stage in current debates about competitiveness of countries in the global economy. The United Arab Emirates currently pursues an Education Hub strategy, pioneered by Singapore, to align its higher education with its economic priorities.

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  • The Aflaj Waterworks of Ras Al Khaimah: Current Conditions and Prospects for Conservation

    William Raynolds
    July 14, 2019

    The aflaj waterworks of Ras Al Khaimah are a testament to human ingenuity, yet they have largely been abandoned due to declining water tables, waning date palm cultivation, and lack of maintenance. This paper looks at the current conditions of the waterworks and the prospects for their conservation, as well as what potential impact their preservation could have on Ras Al Khaimah's future sustainable development of its heritage, tourism, natural resources, and local businesses.

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  • NORRAG Special Issue 02

    Multiple Authors
    June 02, 2019

    This special issue of Norag focuses on the international policy and education network in education and why it is important to obtain data and other evidence to understand and address problems in emergencies and protracted crises. It aims to provide an insight into the ethical and material challenges that must be overcome during the collection of evidence and information.

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  • Expatriate Experiences with Language Policy in the UAE: Challenges, Contradictions, and Opportunities

    William Cook
    April 29, 2019

    Language policy in the UAE focuses on expanding the use of Arabic. But in reality, financial and academic incentives impact the language choices of nationals and non-nationals, and both groups’ experiences are important to consider.

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  • Developing National Agendas in Order to Achieve Gender Equality in Education (SDG 4)

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Alejandra Cardini, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu
    March 31, 2019

    This policy brief, published by T20, discusses how methods of addressing inequality in education are generally based on a one-size-fits-all model that has predominantly focused on girls’ education. However, there are growing gender disparities in education impacting boys in regions around the world.

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  • UNESCO, Education, and the Private Sector: A Relationship on Whose Terms?

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels
    January 15, 2019

    This chapter in Researching the Global Education Industry explores the relationship between UNESCO and private sector organizations, including philanthropic ones, active in education. It examines the motivations behind why the multilateral donor organization is entering into new private sector partnerships. It also looks at trends in the private sector funding it has received and how this funding may be influencing UNESCO’s global education agenda. Note: This publication is not open-access.

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  • 2018 Al Qasimi Foundation Annual Report

    January 01, 2019

    2018 was another successful year for the Al Qasimi Foundation's research, capacity development, and arts and culture initiatives. We hosted the 8th Biannual GCES Symposium, partnered with the Ministry of Education on the UAE-Vietnam Teacher Exchange, coordinated the Ras Al Khaimah Future Careers Forum, and with the help of our community were able to make the 6th Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival our best yet.

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  • Exploring the Provision of Affordable Housing in Ras Al Khaimah

    Sandeep Agrawal
    December 31, 2018

    Adequate and affordable housing is a basic human need, and in the UAE, housing is treated as a right of every Emirati national. This study examines the efficacy of the two national housing programs in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah that provide subsidies for affordable homeownership—the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program (SZHP) and the President’s Initiative (PI).

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  • The Gulf Comparative Education Society's 8th Biannual Symposium Proceedings

    Multiple Authors
    December 23, 2018

    Presentations at the Gulf Comparative Education Society's (GCES) Eighth Biannual Symposium “Public, Private, and Philanthropy: Exploring the Impact of New Actors on Education in the GCC” discussed the growing involvement of emerging actors and highlighted the impact of philanthropy on education in the Gulf.

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    Carren Mossavar-Rahmani
    December 01, 2018

    Ras Al Khaimah’s traditional mountain tribes developed creative solutions to collect and utilize what little water was available. The arrival of large-scale desalination technology has unleashed economic growth and infrastructure expansion not only in the United Arab Emirates but throughout the region. With access to increasing volumes of desalinated water has come more people and projects, leading to even higher demand for water. The interconnectivities and interdependencies of rapidly growing desalination with other key industries are creating new challenges and vulnerabilities.

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