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Higher Education | Professional Development | Ras Al Khaimah | United Arab Emirates

Professional Development for Faculty and Staff in Ras Al Khaimah's Higher Education Institutions

Jane Knight
December 01, 2014

The purpose of this report and the supporting research is to examine the status of professional development priorities, policies, and practices in Ras Al Khaimah higher education institutions and to identify areas of strength and improvement. Three different institutions participated in the project, and 100 academic faculty and administrative staff were interviewed. The purpose of the interviews was to determine staff’s professional development needs and understanding of policies and practices and to raise their awareness of the nature of continuous learning for an academic professional. The three top training priorities as identified by academic faculty were (1) research; (2) teaching and learning; and (3) subject specialization, followed by career development, leadership skills, and language training. 

Analysis indicates that Ras Al Khaimah’s higher education institutions need to explore opportunities for sharing good practices in professional development and to cooperate on providing some generic professional training for staff of all institutions. The benefits of exchanging ideas, sharing external professional development training experts, and establishing networks for ongoing training and policy development are yet to be realized in Ras Al Khaimah.

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