Emiratizing the education sector in the UAE: contextualization and challenges

Emiratizing the education sector in the UAE: contextualization and challenges Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss issues and imbalances in the workforce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that result from the nation's relatively recent emergence as a powerful economy in the world. A federal initiative entitled Emiratization is addressed that is intended to improve employment amongst the local Emirati population who, at present, make up a minority of the working population. The role that one federal tertiary education system, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), contributes to this process is discussed with specific implications and challenges for Emiratizing the education system. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on secondary research concerning employment statistics and policy in the UAE and observations of HCT, specifically the BEd program within the colleges. Findings – Three main challenges facing HCT in its attempt to train Emiratis for employment in the education sector in the UAE are discussed in the paper. Practical implications – There are practical implications and suggestions discussed for improving the Emiratization of the teaching sector in the UAE. This sector is highlighted as a core area for the Emiratization initiative by the paper. Originality/value – The UAE represents a unique cultural context, a blending of languages, religion, politics and ethics, with calls for rapid modernization of its government schools. This paper maps out the growing pains and so is of value to both educators and policy makers in similar settings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues Emerald Publishing

Emiratizing the education sector in the UAE: contextualization and challenges

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-7983
D.O.I.
10.1108/17537981111143864
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss issues and imbalances in the workforce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that result from the nation's relatively recent emergence as a powerful economy in the world. A federal initiative entitled Emiratization is addressed that is intended to improve employment amongst the local Emirati population who, at present, make up a minority of the working population. The role that one federal tertiary education system, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), contributes to this process is discussed with specific implications and challenges for Emiratizing the education system. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on secondary research concerning employment statistics and policy in the UAE and observations of HCT, specifically the BEd program within the colleges. Findings – Three main challenges facing HCT in its attempt to train Emiratis for employment in the education sector in the UAE are discussed in the paper. Practical implications – There are practical implications and suggestions discussed for improving the Emiratization of the teaching sector in the UAE. This sector is highlighted as a core area for the Emiratization initiative by the paper. Originality/value – The UAE represents a unique cultural context, a blending of languages, religion, politics and ethics, with calls for rapid modernization of its government schools. This paper maps out the growing pains and so is of value to both educators and policy makers in similar settings.

Journal

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 31, 2011

Keywords: United Arab Emirates; National economy; Employment; Vocational training

References

  • TESOL in the Gulf: the sociocultural context of English language teaching in the Gulf
    Syed, Z.

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