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  • A New Funding Mechanism: Social Impact Bonds and the Implications for the Public Sector

    Dr. Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, and Brian Jaewon Chung
    March 18, 2018

    This policy paper explains the growth and motivations behind various stakeholder involvement in Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and examines current SIB activities across sectors, particularly education.

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  • Preserving and Promoting Ras Al Khaimah's Cultural Heritage

    Matthew MacLean
    February 08, 2018

    Perhaps more than any other emirate, Ras Al Khaimah's urban and rural environments convey the aura of authenticity sought by many visitors to the region. The emirate contains numerous sites of cultural and archaeological interest, many of which are underutilized and underdeveloped. Current efforts to revitalize these sites are in their planning stages and as the emirate grows as a tourist destination, it will have to balance the desire to attract tourists with the need to retain the authentic atmosphere that attracts visitors in the first place.

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  • 2017 Al Qasimi Foundation Annual Report

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    February 01, 2018

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  • Arts Education: Resources and Options for the UAE and Ras Al Khaimah

    Elizabeth Derderian
    January 30, 2018

    This policy paper discusses the benefits of arts education. The goals of the research were to 1) identify educational and community benefits to art and arts education; 2) conduct a nationwide survey of existing arts and cultural initiatives to understand the broader contexts of arts programming in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and 3) identify ways organizations and policy makers could meaningfully engage and support burgeoning arts initiatives in Ras Al Khaimah.

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  • Building Life Skills Through Positive Education: Evidence from Ras Al Khaimah (UAE)

    L. Lambert, N. Budhraja, C.A. Mullan and G. Gupta
    January 01, 2018

    While the impacts of positive education and psychology have been shown to develop character strengths conducive to better employment choices, career success, workplace engagement, and overall life satisfaction, programming supporting such development is often not prioritized in the education sector. This chapter from "The Future of Labour Market Reform in the Gulf Region: Towards a Multi-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based and Practical Understanding” examines the feasibility and impacts of a positive education and psychology pilot program in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE and provides recommendations for supporting the development of these character strengths.

  • Policy Options for Improving Teacher Satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates

    Melanie Nethercott and Elizabeth Buckner
    November 30, 2017

    This policy paper examines teacher satisfaction and public perceptions of teachers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), drawing on the detailed findings of Buckner’s (2017) The Status of Teaching and Teacher Professional Satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates.

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  • The Rise and Role of State Philanthropy in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels
    October 30, 2017

    Over the past decade, the UAE has seen a rapid increase in the number of philanthropic institutions. However, there has been no comprehensive mapping of these institutions' various missions and activities, and information on philanthropic activity is generally scarce.

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  • The Challenges and Implications of a Global Decline in the Educational Attainment and Retention of Boys

    Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Brian Jaewon Chung
    October 30, 2017

    Over the past two decades, policymakers, international organizations, and scholars focusing on gender and education have largely concentrated their efforts on issues relating to girls. However, results from recent international assessments, coupled with data on higher education enrollment rates, have led to a new concern about the performance and retention of males -particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Improving Arab Students’ Academic Achievement: The Crucial Role of Rapid Reading and Grammar Mastery in the Early Grades

    Helen Abadzi
    September 30, 2017

    The results of international assessments suggest that Arab students are falling behind students in other countries in terms of their academic performance and reading comprehension levels. Research suggests that Arab students may be struggling due to visual, linguistic, and social obstacles. This study uses perspectives from cognitive science to offer recommendations linked to how improving reading comprehension in the early grades can potentially have a positive effect on students' achievement levels and performance on international assessments.

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  • The Need for Ability Grouping in English Classes in Public Schools in the UAE

    Christine Howling
    August 31, 2017

    Lack of English proficiency among secondary school graduates is a significant issue in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as English is the medium of instruction in federal universities. Due to this, one-third of the UAE government’s university budget is spent on remedial courses that seek to develop the English-language skills of incoming university students (Salem & Swan, 2014).

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