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The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) held its fifth annual symposium under the sponsorship of the Higher Colleges of Technology, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and Middlesex University Dubai from April 8 to 10, 2014. Entitled “Locating the National in the International: Comparative Perspectives on Language, Identity, Policy, and Practice,” the symposium was held at the Dubai Women’s College in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In its 2021 Vision, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government prioritizes the development of a “knowledge economy” to replace its current oil-driven one. National human capital must be fostered in order to fuel this transformation, and developing human capital involves building the skills and knowledge that drive cutting-edge entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore, the Vision highlights the need to develop a new generation of creative and critical thinkers. This paper emphasizes the integral role that literacy plays in the achievement of the Vision.
Arabic for "top of the tent," Ras Al Khaimah represents an emirate with a rich history and dynamic presence. As the northernmost emirate continues to develop, this document acquaints readers with Ras Al Khaimah's historic, economic, cultural, governmental, educational, and urban landscapes. This Fact Sheet provides those interested in Ras Al Khaimah with an overview of the emirate as well as a catalogue of relevant sources about the region.
International research has shown that teachers’ active support is of crucial importance if large-scale education reform is to be implemented effectively. For that reason, a detailed investigation of the teachers’ perceptions related to education reforms in Ras Al Khaimah is valuable. This study was designed to provide insight into teachers’ views of the education reforms in schools in the Ras Al Khaimah Education Zone and includes an analysis of what they perceive would make the reforms more effective.
The commercial developments lining the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula have various implications for the environment. This paper is interested in the relationship between residents' perceptions of these coastal landscapes and the effects of such extensive developments. Al Jazeera Al Hamra is one of the only fully standing abandoned villages in the Gulf region and carries a rich history and once critical coastal location.
The Urban Development Lab undertaken in this study is an innovative process that uses perception studies to capture the “tacit knowledge” of the city’s residents with regard to their perceptions and aspirations for Ras Al Khaimah’s urban landscape. The findings of the perception studies and live sessions are combined with global research on best practices in urbanization to begin to develop a culturally-relevant participatory urban design process for this city.
This book presents a comprehensive, nuanced view of gender and education in the context of resource-rich monarchies of the Arabian Gulf, namely, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait. In particular, it focuses on the gap between male and female school enrollment and educational achievement, which continues to widen in favor of girls in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
2013 has been a season of progress and innovation at the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, and the team is delighted to be issuing the Foundation's second annual report. This year, the Al Qasimi Foundation has conducted and collaborated on research across the United Arab Emirates, published multiple working papers, and increased its capacity development and community engagement offerings.
The fastest growing economy in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a private sector capable of creating tens of thousands of new jobs every year. Yet, many Emiratis prefer to remain unemployed rather than work in the private sector, contributing to an unemployment rate of nearly 12%. This paper uses the findings of a recent study on family involvement in Emirati college student education to show how families contribute to the development of the attitudes, beliefs, and opinions of young people, some of which prove counter-productive in the workplace.
In educational literature set in Western contexts, student performance is linked to positive family involvement and home environment; however, literature on the educational experience of college students in non-Western contexts, including the Gulf region, is scarce. Using both student and guardian surveys, this quantitative study investigates the effect of home environment and family involvement on the educational experience of students in a federally funded college in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as links between these factors and students’ academic achievement.