Expat academics in the UAE
American University in the Emirates
Higher education in the United Arab Emirates and its institutions, faculty, students and quality controllers are both international and local at the same time. The first “foreign” university opened its doors in 1993, and today there are more than 40 transnational institutions. Only three institutions out of 102 are federal, and state-funded. The majority of academics are expatriates, and emiratisation is slow. Students prefer private institutions, yet citizens are in majority at the federal institutions. Findings suggest that these features of the sector have implications for research. This paper will look into who arrive in the Emirates to be academics, why they come and why they leave.
Kristin Kamøy, a doctoral student in law at University of Toulon France (defends later this year), teaches media and communication at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai, UAE. She has degrees in Social Anthropology (MSc) and Management (BSc) from LSE (UK). Kristin was a staff reporter at a national daily in Oslo, Norway, for many years.
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