Global Regionalisms and Higher Education
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Global Regionalisms and Higher Education

Projects, Processes, Politics

Edited by Susan L. Robertson, Kris Olds, Roger Dale and Que Anh Dang

This original book provides a unique analysis of the different regional and inter-regional projects, their processes and the politics of Europeanisation, globalisation and education. Collectively, the contirbutors engage with international relations and integrations theory to explore new ways of thinking about regionalisms and inter-regionalisms, and bring to the fore the role that higher education plays in this.
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Chapter 14: Regionalization, higher education and the Gulf Cooperation Council

Tahani Aljafari


Changes in the higher education landscape that now constitute the Gulf Cooperation Council countries the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, together with the growth of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since its establishment in the early 1980s, provide an important vantage point through which to study the ongoing spatial dynamics of constructing regions more generally, and the Gulf region in particular. Responding to both national and global pressures, higher education providers in the region are being challenged to provide more opportunities for accessible, better-quality education and training for its citizens, as well as becoming a locus of attraction for globally talented students and researchers. At the heart of this pressure is the attempt by the countries of the region to move away from being dependent upon resource extraction, to a new model of development: that of knowledge-based economies as a basis for ongoing national and regional economic survival.

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