Higher education management in Saudi Arabia: a case study of the University of Business and Technology (UBT)

Sager, Ahmed A (2016) Higher education management in Saudi Arabia: a case study of the University of Business and Technology (UBT). Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Within the context of a wide and structural transformation of the educational system within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the issue of privatization remains a relatively new phenomenon. As it stands, the vast majority of higher education institutions continue to be run by the state. However, this situation has led to an increasing number of debates about the ability of the current higher education system to meet modern educational standards, and produce graduates that are able to compete and succeed in the present labour market. The quality output of higher education is a particularly pressing issue for the country, given that Saudi Arabia currently faces an ever-increasing problem of integrating a large youth segment of the population into the requirements of the modern labour market. Critics contend that, both in terms of their management and their governance, higher education in the Kingdom is outdated. Excessive government control is seen as a key factor that is inhibiting the current higher education institutions from having the autonomy and flexibility required in order for them to succeed. This thesis set out to examine and gain a better understanding of the management practices used within the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Saudi Arabia. In order to do this, it focused on three core areas: approaches to management by senior management at UBT, the view and experience of the academic staff in how such approaches are applied, and UBT‟s relationship with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the broader social environment that exists in the country.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa. Oceania) > LG021 Asia > LG359 Saudi Arabia
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 15:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65777

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