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  • High school | Secondary school | Dropout | Gender | United Arab Emirates | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Patterns and Perceptions in Male Secondary School Dropouts in the United Arab Emirates

    Natasha Ridge, Samar Farah, Soha Shami
    February 01, 2013

    The impact of socioeconomic status, family, and school experiences on the school continuation decision has been well-documented in Western literature. To date, however, no empirical studies have been conducted on the Gulf region. Using a sample of 149 dropouts and 347 non-dropouts, this study is the first to apply a mixed-methods comparative design to explore the patterns and trends in male dropout rates across government schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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  • Annual Report | 2012 | Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi | Foundation | Policy Research

    Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research 2012 Annual Report

    Al Qasimi Foundation
    January 31, 2013

    The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This report details the Foundation's activities and accomplishments during the 2012 calendar year. It also provides information on anticipated activities and initiatives in 2013.

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  • Higher Education | Emirati Experience | United Arab Emirates | Culture | UAE | Al Qasimi Foundation

    Cultural Border Crossings in the UAE

    Peter J. Hatherley-Greene
    December 13, 2012

    Over the course of one academic year, the author documented the experiences of first-year male Emirati students at a college of higher education in a rural location of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Using the metaphor of a cultural border crossing, he found that the congruency between the pre-dominantly Arabic life-world associated with Emirati families and government schooling and the largely dominant Western/English language culture in institutes of higher education was broadly related to the students’ self-perceived level of preparedness for academic study and the competence of Emirati students in their second language, English. Four types of border crossing experiences were described—smooth, managed, difficult, and impossible—with easier and smoother crossing experiences associated with close congruency between the two different cultures.

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  • Higher Education | International | Branch Campus | Quality Assurance | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Al Qasimi Foundation

    International Branch Campus Quality in a Segmented Quality Assurance Environment

    Christine Farrugia
    November 01, 2012

    This policy paper addresses the question of how well quality assurance systems support the quality of international branch campuses (IBCs) in the United Arab Emirates. There are different systems of quality assurance for IBCs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah, and a federal system of accreditation that is unevenly utilized across the emirates. This complexity results in a segmented quality assurance environment with different quality assurance models applied to the UAE’s branch campuses.

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  • 2012 | GCES | Gulf Comparative Education Society | Research | GCC | Bahrain

    Gulf Comparative Education Society’s Third Annual Symposium on Global Innovation, Local Transformation: Trends & Reactions

    Multiple Authors
    October 31, 2012

    The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) organized its third annual symposium under the sponsorship of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research and in collaboration with Bahrain Teachers College. Entitled "Global Innovation, Local Transformation: Trends & Reactions," the symposium was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25, 2012.

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  • Knowledge Economy | Education Reform | Emirati | United Arab Emirates | UAE

    Building Citizens for the Arab Knowledge Economy: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates

    Calvert W. Jones
    July 01, 2012

    This working paper presents the results of an intensive case study of education reform to support the development of a post-petroleum, knowledge-based economy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The case study is part of a larger research project exploring the ways in which state leaders may cultivate engaged citizens who are willing and able to contribute to the development of their countries, particularly in the contemporary era of heightened globalization and intense economic competition.

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  • Higher Education | Innovation | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Research

    Universities and Innovation Networks in the UAE

    Christine Farrugia
    May 01, 2012

    This policy paper describes the role of United Arab Emirates (UAE) universities in local networks to support research and innovation. U.A.E. leaders have recently stated their intentions to develop a knowledge economy (Emirates Competitiveness Council, 2011). With higher education widely recognized as a key driver in innovation economies, the UAE’s universities have a central role to play in sustaining active networks among universities, industry, and government.

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  • Emirati Males | Higher Education | United Arab Emirates | UAE | Dropout

    The 30%: Who are the Males in Higher Education in the UAE?

    Natasha Ridge, Samar Farah
    April 10, 2012

    In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other surrounding Gulf Arab nations, an increasing number of males are opting out of higher education. In the UAE, fewer than 30% of students attending public higher education institutions are male. Little, however, is known about why some males choose to continue their education and others do not. This policy paper, which is drawn from the first part of a study on understanding male enrollment patterns in the UAE, looks at a sample of males who have continued on to higher education.

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  • Education Quality | GCC | United Arab Emirates | Al Qasimi Foundation | Knowledge Economy

    Education Quality & Competitiveness in the UAE

    Samar Farah
    March 18, 2012

    The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been able to achieve rapid economic growth over the past 40 years, which has largely been the result of revenue from vast reserves of oil and gas. However, the 21st century has seen a global shift towards establishing knowledge-based economies, through moving away from the dependence on oil to promoting business, tourism, and other economic sectors.

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  • Ras Al Khaimah | Al Qasimi Foundation | Public Health | Childhood Obesity | United Arab Emirates

    Teachers’, Parents’, and Children’s Perceptions of Childhood Obesity in Ras Al Khaimah

    Kelly Stott
    January 01, 2012

    Heaviness and obesity have become as much of an epidemic worldwide as they are in North America, affecting approximately 1 in 10 children. This brief examines the issue of children’s becoming overweight and obese and discusses how this is affecting the UAE. Using the case of Ras Al Khaimah, it will also address some of the challenges children face with regard to physical activity and healthy eating.

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