Knowledge for Higher Education and Research Policy

Globalization and Education

Author : Darim Albassam

Abstract : The Arab Summit meeting in Riyadh established that educational systems in Arab countries share common concerns that should be addressed regionally and that this reform should cover all aspects of the education system. The directions and possibilities for Arab education in the 21st century revolve around the defining characteristics of the age: globalization, knowledge and information. We should a ...

Authors : Ahmed Belal and Irina Springuel

Abstract : The present paper deals with Higher Education (HE) in Egyptian Universities where, together with the teaching of students, research is an essential component of the education system.

Authors : Bikas C. Sanyal and N. V. Varghese

Abstract : Knowledge production used to be an activity coordinated mainly by public authorities, with public universities playing an important role. With the emergence of a knowledge economy, investment in knowledge production became a highly rewarding activity, and hence it has become an important corporate concern. We argue that the knowledge divide is deep and is heavily tilted in favour of developed ...

Author : Albert Sasson

Abstract : Arab countries with significant oil and natural gas resources benefit from high incomes, thus standing in contrast with other countries in the region with limited or no such resources. Human resources, despite the endeavours to date, are insufficient and even lacking in several areas, especially in the scientific and technological ones. The Arab States have a low ranking in research development a ...

Authors : Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, Helena Sebkova and Ulrich Teichler

Abstract : This paper addresses the following issues in education: external and internal boundaries of higher education systems; top-down and bottom-up forces; globalization and supra-national trends; flexibility; public and private sectors; and the impact of digital technologies on widening access to higher education. The massive expansion of higher education across all continents has been one of the de ...

Integration and Public Steering

Author : Ivar Bleiklie

Abstract : This paper argues that there are two important political-economic concerns that may push development in education systems. The first is that the level of education in the population affects the competitiveness of a nation. The second concern is that higher education systems need to be flexible in order to be efficient. The paper also examines how the individual peculiarities of higher education i ...

Author : Antoine B. Zahlan

Abstract : This paper identifies causes of the prevailing knowledge gap and consequent crises in development in Arab countries and suggests ways to bridge this gap. The first part of the paper presents data and analysis through which the nature and extent of the Arab knowledge gap can be pin-pointed. The second part discusses measures that, if adopted, would enable Arab countries, singly and collectively, t ...

Authors : Khasawneh Mohammed A. and Malkawi Abdullah I.

Abstract : ry education in the developing world in general and around the Arab world in particular has witnessed a pronounced downturn in recent years. The decline in the quality of delivered product from these tertiary systems serves as a direct indicator to the lingering issues that pose some pressing needs to be addressed and coped with seriously and adequately.

Author : J.Yutronic

Abstract : This paper is based on recent Chilean experiences of joint R&D projects between universities and companies. After more than 10 years of sustained investment, very interesting results arose: new products and processes related to major economic and social sectors were developed, technology based businesses increased, there were an increasing number of patents, and an increased momentum of cultu ...

Building research capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Author : D. McGlennon

Abstract : This paper reviews developments in research, development and innovation performance in the GCC since the early 2000s, analyses current developments in higher education, particularly in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and proposes strategies for improvement.