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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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  • Economic Attitudes| Political Attitudes | Arab youth | Ras Al Khaimah | UAE | United Arab Emirates

    Economic, Social, and Political Attitudes in the UAE: A Comparison of Emirati and Non-Emirati Youth in Ras Al Khaimah

    Calvert W. Jones
    August 12, 2011

    Schooling is widely acknowledged as one of the key arenas in which the basic economic, social, and political attitudes of a population take root. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), much tends to be assumed about young people’s attitudes toward risk, competition, achievement motivation, responsibility, and other areas relevant to national development. But relatively little research has been conducted to confirm or deny popular assertions in these areas, or to explore the variation that may exist across individual emirates or across school types within each emirate.

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