1st Edition

Higher Education in the Gulf Quality Drivers

Edited By Reynaldo Gacho Segumpan, John McAlaney Copyright 2021
    208 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This authoritative edited volume examines the drivers of higher education in the Gulf region. It offers insightful analyses and examines contemporary pedagogical, management, strategic, and relevant issues on quality education that confront higher education institutions.

    Written by higher education specialists, curriculum developers, and policy makers from diverse international backgrounds, the book analyses issues affecting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with a particular focus on Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is divided into regional and non-regional drivers and considers drivers as potent enablers of a management system and educational structure at the intersection of quality education and quality management in higher education. Chapters include discussion of organisational, management, and policy issues including strategic innovation, internationalisation, quality assurance, and global rankings of higher education institutes. The book includes discussion of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning policies, practices, and programmes.

    This book will serve as an essential reference for quality management in higher education institutions in the Gulf, and will be highly relevant reading for academics, researchers, and students of higher education, education management, and quality education in the Gulf region.



    Part 1 – Regional Drivers of Quality Education

    Chapter 1:

    Improving the Quality of Corporate Identity Management among Higher Education

    Institutions in the Gulf: A Conceptual Model

    Bahtiar Mohamad and Ridwan Raji Adetunji


    Chapter 2:

    Pursuing Innovation as a Strategy for Improving Quality of Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities Facing GCC Countries

    Seungah S. Lee and Cameron Mirza


    Chapter 3:

    A Critical Insight into the Gulf Higher Education Landscape: A National Innovation System Would Enhance the Role of Higher Education as an Effective Vehicle for Developing a Knowledge Economy

    Malak Hamdan and Cameron Mirza


    Chapter 4:

    Quality Enhancement through Internationalisation at GCC Universities

    Mariam Orkodashvili


    Chapter 5:

    Global Rankings as Yardstick of Quality of Higher Education: Voices from Gulf-based Academics

    Reynaldo Gacho Segumpan and Joanna Soraya Abu Zahari


    Chapter 6:

    Quality Drivers in Gulf Higher Education: Conclusion

    John McAlaney


    Part 2 – Non-Regional Drivers of Quality Education

    Chapter 7:

    How Did the Largest Overseas Scholarship Programme in History Narrow the Gender Capabilities Gap in Saudi Arabia?

    Abdul Ghaffar Mughal


    Chapter 8:

    Quality Prospects in Higher Education: A Case of Oman

    Khuram Shahzad and Muhammad Rehan Shaukat


    Chapter 9:

    Funding Quality Higher Education in Oman

    Mouza Said AlKalbani and Ahmad Bin Touq


    Chapter 10:

    How Internationalisation Facilitates the Development of National Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Mongolia and Oman

    Bolorsaikhan Omboosuren and Orkhon Gantogtokh


    Chapter 11:

    An Empirical Investigation of Students' Opinion Regarding Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Education in Saudi Arabian Universities

    Anis Ur Rehman and Samina Fazli


    Chapter 12:

    Quality Drivers in Oman and Saudi Arabia: Conclusion

    Reynaldo Gacho Segumpan


    Reynaldo Gacho Segumpan is Head of the Department of Business Administration, Rustaq College of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman. He has several research and book chapter publications on higher education and social sciences.

    John McAlaney is Associate Professor in Psychology, Bournemouth University, UK. He is Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist and has worked extensively to develop links between education, research, and professional practice.

    "I love this book! The topics are relevant to the current higher education landscape, especially on matters related to quality education. The structure and discussions are easy to understand and so insightful, indeed." Jennifer Buzarang, Ebina City Board of Education

    "This book gives a detailed and thorough insight into the current higher education landscape of the Gulf. I particularly found the analysis and discussions around how to create a true knowledge economy in the Gulf especially interesting. Definitely recommend this book to policy makers." Professor Adel Sharif, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey

    "This is a comprehensive book which tackles issues of quality education in the Gulf by focusing on both regional and international drivers. The authors present key contemporary issues enabling readers to understand the full picture. A must for anyone interested in quality education in the Gulf!" Dr. Serge Gabarre, Head of French Section, University of Nizwa, Oman

    "This book covers a wide range of topics, both relevant and timely, to higher education (HE), particularly in the GCC countries. Aspects addressed include quality, management, innovation, opportunities, and challenges, to name a few. Chapters provide critical insight, internationalisation for quality enhancement, drivers, discussion pertaining to university rankings, and benefits of scholarship programmes & funding. Strongly recommend reading to get an in-depth view of the current HE situation." Dr. Sadiq M. Sait, Professor and Director of Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

    "This insightful book provides a comprehensive view of higher education in the Gulf region to quality management stakeholders. Contributions from local experts concisely report on achievements on a case basis addressing specific situations while voicing current issues and challenges that remain to be tackled for each country." Dr. Cecile Aline Gabarre, Assistant Professor, University of Nizwa, Oman

    "The question is what drives in quality in Gulf Higher Education? This book brings together many answers to this question. Whether by pursuing innovation as a vehicle for improving quality, or focusing on internationalisation as another strategy or emphasising the importance of ranking. The editors solicited syntheses of research on these topics from outstanding scholars with a variety of views. Every public policy maker should have this book. Also, academics and practitioners alike will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book." Dr. Ahmed Rageh Ismail, Director of MBA Programme, School of International Business, Egypt-Japan University Science & Technology

    "This analysis of quality drivers in HE in the Gulf looks an empirical depth in 12 excellent chapters at aspects of innovation enhancement, corporate identity management, internationalisation and quality enhancement, scholarships as a quality driver, funding quality improvement and many other aspects; a stimulating and solidly grounded, very insightful volume." Dr. Ghazi-Walid Falah, Editor-in-Chief, The Arab World Geographer

    "What an amazing book! It comprehensively discoursed the quality factors of higher education in the Gulf countries. The stakeholders in the education sectors across the Gulf countries, policy makers as well as general public would find the information in the book very useful. Therefore, I strongly recommend the book." Dr. Iyanda Ismail A.

    Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration, University of Fujairah

    "This book is very fruitful to understand the historical development of quality assurance in higher education in Gulf and other Asian countries. This has successfully argued how globalisation and internationalisation of the higher education is a crucial factor to improve its quality." Professor N. Sumberzul, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences

    "This book is a must-read for everyone who works in a higher education field. It covers a range of topics including academic programs, quality prospects, quality enhancements as well as empirical investigation of students’ opinion. Especially, the impact of internationalisation on the quality assurance in Mongolia and Oman was noteworthy." Tungalag Ser-Od, Head of Research, Training and Foreign Relations Section, The State Dental Center of Mongolia

    "This book is a must-read for anyone considering Higher Education in the Gulf. The comparative studies of higher education quality assurance in this book have given great insights how important it is to ensure autonomy of QAAs in Asian countries." Saruul Erdem, Senior Specialist, Mongolian National Council for Education Accreditation

    "This thought-provoking book on higher education in Gulf and quality drivers will offer you not the mere concept yet the insightful examples. Excellent resource for educators to understand the development and challenges of the quality assurance in the Gulf as well as other Asian countries." Byambasuren Vanchin, MD, PhD

    "This book explores the important topic of higher education in the Gulf and in doing so identifies regional and non-regional drivers of quality assurance. As higher education becomes increasingly gloablised this book provides a vital source for understanding the current challenges and future opportunities for the Gulf region" Professor Angelos Stefanidis, Head of Department Computing & Informatics, Bournemouth University