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ERIC Number: EJ888573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Academic Building Boom Transforms the Persian Gulf
Krieger, Zvika
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n1 p4-10 Sep 2008
As the small states that line the Arabian Peninsula spend their billions of petrodollars picking up luxury hotels, first-class airlines, and high-tech weaponry, three of the emirates--Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar--have been engaged in a high-stakes game of one-upmanship involving universities, American universities in particular. Recent reports have criticized the educational systems in the gulf as weak and limited in scope, fueling the aggressive push to import high-quality programs. This article discusses the effort of these three emirates in building and improving higher education systems which give opportunity for the American universities to expand. Qatar began the trend by persuading highly respected American universities like Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Northwestern to open programs in its sprawling Education City complex. Dubai is now shifting gears, hoping to capitalize on a recent deal with Michigan State University to attract more American Institutions. Abu Dhabi, the last to enter the game, is striking deals with New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Qatar; United Arab Emirates; United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)