‘Selective cosmopolitans’: tutors’ and students’ experience of offshore higher education in Dubai

Kadiwal, Laila and Rind, Irfan A (2013) ‘Selective cosmopolitans’: tutors’ and students’ experience of offshore higher education in Dubai. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 43 (5). pp. 689-711. ISSN 0305-7925

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Abstract

As the offshore mobility of higher education has increased in recent times, the question of how it interacts with the recipient cultures has become ever more significant. Using ethnographic methods, this empirical study examined the adaptation of the UK teacher education model – the Postgraduate Certificate in Education – to the context of Dubai. The study asks ‘how do students and tutors experience the adaptation of British education in the context of Dubai?’ This paper will argue that tutors and students in offshore Dubai teacher education are ‘selective cosmopolitans’ who negotiate cross-cultural influences pragmatically and ambivalently. The study addresses a significant gap in the literature, as there is little written on the internationalisation of higher education in the context of Gulf Cooperation Council countries. There is also an inadequate appreciation of the role of local culture and religion in offshore education and tutors and students’ role as active agents in negotiating cross-cultural dynamics in the offshore educational setting.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education > LB2326.4 Institutions of higher education
Depositing User: Laila Kadiwal
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 11:31
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 11:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45934

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