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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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  • 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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  • Streamlining and Modernizing Medical Workforce Governance: A Case Study of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

    Stephanie Short
    July 22, 2018

    Medical workforce governance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a significant and timely topic. Issues of professional recruitment, retention, and integration require attention, as the majority of doctors and other healthcare professionals in the UAE are internationally trained graduates.

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  • The Potential of Ultrasound Technology and Chemotherapy Carriers in Breast Cancer Treatment

    Ghaleb Husseini, Yassmine Abbas, Nahid Awad, American University of Sharjah
    May 31, 2018

    This policy paper offers a number of recommendations related to furthering cancer research in the UAE and Gulf region for the benefit of citizens, residents and those impacted by breast cancer around the world.

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  • Transforming Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Ras Al Khaimah

    Salman Albeshan, Martin Mackey, Syeda Hossain, Patrick C. Brennan
    April 30, 2018

    Although the incidence and death rates from breast cancer are lower in the UAE compared to Western countries, there is a noticeable upward trend in both rates among Emirati women with more aggressive forms of the disease being noted, particularly among younger women.

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