The Coming of Age in UAE Higher Education: The March of the Young Nation to a Postmodern Era

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The history of higher education in the UAE witnessed great strides based on careful consideration of the fabric context of the United Emirates’ history and culture. The United Emirates is one of a few countries worldwide that “burns the stages” in development and progress and has risen from traditional to modern society. If we consider the recent history of the United Arab Emirates as an affluent Gulf country that officially came into existence as a young, striving united nation in 1971 with the alliance of the seven Emirates, the progress in higher education since then has been incredible. This chapter uses a historical framework to look at the United Arab Emirates’ higher education development. The chapter will chronicle the progress and development of higher education development in iterative stages. The chapter will also highlight the steps of education development from traditional stages to a modern educational system that strives to compete in a global market economy and the new policies enacted to create a vibrant higher education system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education in the Arabian Gulf Region
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Comparative Perspectives in a Neoliberal Era
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000644098
ISBN (Print)9780367503512
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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