The Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education in the Arabian Gulf Region
This edited volume contributes a novel understanding of the past, present, and future of higher education across the six countries which make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Against the backdrop of intense political, ideological, and epistemological disruptions across the Arabian Gulf Region over the last two decades, this volume adopts critical comparative perspectives in order to chart the history, present day, and future realities of higher education in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. By focusing on dynamics relating to neoliberalism, and using the notions of ‘tensionality’ and ‘locality’ to situate topics such as curricula, policies, practices, the volume engages with current discourses, controversies, and themes such as the internationalization and marketization of high education in these countries. In doing so, the book offers a theoretical framework to enable greater understanding of the contemporary functioning of higher education in the Arabian Gulf Region.
This text will benefit scholars, academics, and students in the fields of higher education and international and comparative education more broadly. Those involved with educational policy and politics, and Middle Eastern studies in general will also benefit from this volume.
- 2023 selection and editorial matter, Awad Ibrahim and Osman Z. Barnawi
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