American higher education in the Arabian Gulf--a force for Liberalization
Davis, Christian J.
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The proliferation of American branch campuses in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that provide identical educational plans and degrees as their parent institutions offer a promising method of liberalizing these societies by advancing research and critical thinking. Networks will be made between students and academics allowing for the transmission of ideas and the promotion of multiculturalism and tolerance. The host countries will establish superior higher educational systems, which will enable these societies to better integrate into the global knowledge economy and diversify their economies away from the rentier model. Education City in Qatar and Dubai International Academic City in the UAE are models to emulate to quickly establish world-class education hubs that will improve human development and lay the foundation for new industries in the evolving knowledge economy. Indigenous higher education systems have proven inept at training their students for the realities of the evolving global economy that has hindered the evolution of competitive industries in the MENA region. American branch campuses offer the best way to advance American policy in the region and further American national interests through peaceful means.
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