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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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  • The Role and Impact of Arab Fathers

    Natasha Ridge, Soohyun Jeon, Soha Shami, Brian Jaewon Chung
    November 27, 2018

    Research over the past twenty years has found that fathers play an important role in their children’s development. However, the literature on fatherhood is still limited, particularly in the Arab world. This paper, published in the Hawwa Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, uses data from a mixed-method pilot study of sixty-one Arabs residing in the United Arab Emirates to examine the nature and impact of father involvement in the Arab region.

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  • The Other Gap Examining Low-Income Emiratis Educational Achievement

    The Other Gap: Examining Low-Income Emiratis’ Educational Achievement

    Elizabeth Buckner
    September 30, 2018

    How are low-income Emiratis doing in secondary schools in the UAE? This study uses PISA 2015 data to look at students’ performance by key characteristics, including: family wealth, home and school environments, gender, school sector, and emirate. It argues that low-income Emiratis, particularly boys, are not being served well by the existing school system and policies must address their distinct needs.

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  • Alternative Energy in the UAE: The Potential of Biofuels Sourced from Ras Al Khaimah Mangroves

    Maxime Merheb, Rachel Matar, Milad Soleimani, John Marton, Kamel Abou Youssef, Rawad Hodeify, Nausheen Shafiq
    August 28, 2018

    By analyzing the abundant microorganisms in the naturally occurring mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, this policy paper discusses the feasibility of a future where the emirate invests in biofuels sourced from its mangroves as opposed to using conventional methods of fuel production and usage, which can have negative impacts on the environment and economy. It concludes with policy recommendations for supporting future research, implementing long-term energy solutions that address the UAE’s environmental and economic concerns, and encouraging future leaders and innovators to think local in addressing global problems.

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