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Emerging Trends in Higher Education in the GCC: A Critical Assessment

  • Mourad Dakhli
  • Dina El-Zohairy

Abstract

A large number of studies and reports have confirmed that higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman) has fallen short of expectations and has failed to address the aspirations of younger generations. The same is in fact true for the entire MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). As such, education, which has traditionally been a public function, has been the target of an ongoing privatization drive with the aim of opening up the sector to new ideas, practices and competition. It is hoped that through privatization and cross-border partnerships, regional colleges and universities can better learn from leading global actors in this area and can localize some of the best practices in teaching and research.

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High Education Middle East Academic Freedom Business Education Gulf Cooperation Council 
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© Mourad Dakhli and Dina El Zohairy 2013

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  • Mourad Dakhli
    • 1
  • Dina El-Zohairy
    • 1
  1. 1.American University of KuwaitKuwait

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