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1 Internationalisation: The tension between academic and commercial factors, with specific reference to the Gulf (GCC) UCET International Committee Meeting 24 January 2011 Adrian Brockett Faculty of Education and Theology York St John University


3 Size (km 2 ) UK244,110 KSA1,960,000 Oman309,500 UAE82,880 Kuwait17,819 Qatar11,437 Bahrain620

4 2004-9 pop growth GCC 3% p.a. World 1% (Allten p 17)

5 Population % 0-14 % 15-64 % 65+ Median age Population growth ratecf world UK62,348,447176716400.6180 Bahrai n738,00426704301.2100 KSA25,731,77638603251.580 Kuwait2,789,13226713263.55 Oman2,967,71743553242.069 Qatar840,92622771310.9130 UAE4,975,59320791303.64 Source: CIA world factbook

6 The GCC education sector is on a growth trajectory. The industry is poised for unparallelled and consistent growth propelled by increased private sector participation, rising education needs in the region as well as government initiatives to improve the education system. Source: Alpen Capital

7 % of allocation of budget on education Bahrain 11.7 (2008) KSA 25 Kuwait 12.9 (2006) Oman 12.3 Qatar 20.5 UAE22.5 Source: Alpen Capital (MEED Report)

8 Categories of educational developments 1.Sending students to study abroad. UK still one of the most attractive destinations. 2.Huge multi-billion pound cultural investments like Louvre, Guggenheim, BM. 3.Transnational universities. Some much larger than others. 1.Sorbonne. UCL 2.Long established AUs – Beirut, Cairo. New ones : Sharjah, Dubai,... 4.Flying faculty. 5.Boom in private Higher Educational institutions.

9 Regional distribution of students 2010 2020 KSA75% 74% UAE8% Oman7% 8% Kuwait6% Bahrain2% Qatar2% Source: Alpen Capital

10 HE share of Gulf students 20102020 %1115 million1,045,0001,695,000

11 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice ( PCAP) Aims: –To promote professional development through reflective practice. –To improve quality in the practice of teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education. Accredited through the HEA and aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework. Successful completion of the programme enables participants to become fellows of the Academy.

12 University of Bahrain



15 Louvre Abu Dhabi

16 Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

17 Abu Dhabi Similar arrangements have been made between Abu Dhabi and institutions such as INSEAD, New York University and Université Paris-Sorbonne.

18 Abu Dhabi - INSEAD INSEAD is an international graduate business school and research institution. The school offers a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, a PhD in Management program, and several executive education programs (including an Executive MBA).

19 Abu Dhabi - NYU Not a study abroad site; a fully functioning university / small liberal arts college. Ist entrants September 2010 The campus construction (estimated at $1 to $1.5 billion), expansion and operational costs will be entirely funded by the Emirati royal family. A full cost per student is approximately $62,454 a year, but NYUAD has vowed that no student will have to take on debt to pay for their education.

20 Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

21 Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) PSUAD offers majors in Humanities and Law. It follows the new European system of higher education: the License-Masters-Doctorate (LMD) system. The undergraduate portion consists of a 3-year degree called a License. The graduate portion consists of a 2 year Masters Degree, followed by a multi-year Doctoral program. These degrees are accepted at any University in the European Higher Education Area. Delivered by lecturers from Paris following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The teaching language is French.

22 Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

23 Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established by Cornell University in partnership with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, pursuant to an agreement signed in January 2001. WCMC-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College, which was founded in New York City over 100 years ago, and shares the same mission: –to provide the finest education possible for medical students –to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge –to improve health care both now and for future generations –to provide the highest quality of care to the community

24 Qatar Education City Aims to be the centre of educational excellence in the region. Six US universities have branch campuses: 1.Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar School of the Arts (VCUQ). 2.Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). 3.Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). 4.Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q). 5.Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS- Qatar). 6.Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) One UK university: University College London in Qatar (UCL-Q) It also has one Qatar university: Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS).

25 Texas A&M University at Qatar

26 UCL-Q

27 The partnership between UCL, the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Museums Authority, will focus on archaeology, conservation and museum studies. Launching next year, it will teach about 150 postgraduate students, and UCL is also planning to relocate four research projects of particular relevance to the Gulf region. Initially about a dozen active research staff will be based at UCL-Q. Different model: relatively small, research-led and niche, it will not offer undergraduate courses, but will focus on the postgraduate and research levels, as well as offering executive education, such as professional curatorial qualifications. The research findings will be published in world-leading journals, but they will be published from within the Arab world, rather than from London. No financial risks for UCL as its Qatari partners will provide all the funding.

28 The British University in Egypt

29 References Alpen Capital, (2010) GCC Education Industry September 13, 2010. (Alpen Capital (ME) Limited (Alpen), an investment banking firm regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.) Davidson, C.M. and P. Mackenzie Smith (Eds.) (2008) Higher Education in the Gulf States: Shaping Economies, Politics and Cultures: Shaping Economies, Polities and Cultures (London: SOAS Middle East Issues) Foreign university students: Will they still come? The Economist, 5 August 2010. Hamarneh, Al-, A., "Re-Thinking the Educational Frontier: The Political Economy of Globalizing Higher Education in the Arab World. Unpublished paper given at the 2009 BRISMES conference. Steiner, C-A., Economic Diversification, Higher Education and the Transnational Logics of the Symbolic Economy in the Gulf. Unpublished paper given at the 2009 BRISMES conference. Various websites, e.g. CIA World Factbook:

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