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Dubai's Free Zone model for leadership in the external quality assurance of higher education

Carroll, Martin (2010). Dubai's Free Zone model for leadership in the external quality assurance of higher education. In Nair, Chenicheri Sid, Webster, Leonard and Mertova, Patricie(Ed.), Leadership and Management of Quality in Higher Education. United Kingdom: Chandos Publishing. (pp. 187-201).

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Author Carroll, Martin
Title of Chapter Dubai's Free Zone model for leadership in the external quality assurance of higher education
Title of Book Leadership and Management of Quality in Higher Education
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Chandos Publishing
Publication Year 2010
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84902626621
Editor Nair, Chenicheri Sid
Webster, Leonard
Mertova, Patricie
ISBN 9781843345763   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 187
End Page 201
Total Pages 15
Field of Research 150313 - Quality Management
Abstract Higher education is not value free. Notions of what is optimal or ideal are locally contextualised by such factors as the predominant religion, political system, language, the local employment market and the quality of local secondary schooling. As such, the external quality assurance of higher education must also be contextualised if it is to be effective. In the case of Dubai, the task of designing a contextualised quality assurance system is quite particular. Like many developing higher education sectors, Dubai is heavily reliant upon imported higher education; but unlike most of its peer states, Dubai, through targeted Free Zones, is specifically seeking to maintain the international nature of the imported programmes rather than customise them through the application of localised accreditation standards. It has developed a method of institutional and programme validation that requires initial selection of institutions based upon credible approvals from the place of origin, complemented with evidence of effective transnational quality assurance processes. Alongside the federal accreditation process and institutions established by Royal Decree, this has resulted in a pluralistic framework that enables a variety of models of quality higher education to be available within the United Arab Emirates.
Keyword Contextualised quality assurance
Higher education system in Dubai
Imported higher education
Pluralistic framework of higher education models
Transnational quality assurance processes
Values-based quality assurance
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-84334-576-3.50012-1   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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