AQF Views & Voices: Policy & Practice

Welcome to the Al Qasimi Foundation’s Policy & Practice Blog

The Policy & Practice blog highlights works and discussions that impact our community, inform policy decisions and best practices, and affect the social, cultural, and economic development of our emirate, the UAE, Gulf region, and beyond. Below you will find our blog posts, op-eds, and reviews.

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In addition to discussing the Foundation’s own research findings, best practices, and priority areas, we welcome contributions from local and international academics, practitioners, policy makers, as well as our peer organizations and partners. If you would like to contribute, email for more information.

Top 5 Misconceptions about Autism in the UAE

Agata Wentz

Academic Publishing in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Status, Challenges & Opportunities

Natasha Mansur

Breast Cancer Awareness and Breast Screening Participation in Ras Al Khaimah

Dania Abu Awwad, Syeda Hossain, Martin Mackey, Patrick Brennan

Three Ways to Make Distance Learning Work: Lessons from Students Around the World

Melanie Leung

Distance Learning doesn’t have to mean Screen Time

David Dingus

Thoughts on Philanthropy in Education During COVID-19

Marvin Erfurth

5 Key Challenges of Remote Learning

Sarah Han

The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Turning Point for Private Education in the UAE?

Max Eckert

If there is one thing that we have learned from Covid 19 in education it is the importance of teachers

Natasha Ridge

Early childhood education, what is it and why does it matter?

Priti Verma, Holly Cook

Top 5 Digital Literacy Skills UAE Students Need for Success

Roma Abhyankar

From Start-up to Sustainable Success: Lessons Learned from Our First 10 Years

Dr. Natasha Ridge, Caitrin Mullan

The promise of non-profit schools for all children in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

Dr. Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels

Applying for an AQF Grant? Here are the Top 5 Things to Consider

Caitrin Mullan
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Three Key Differences Between GCC and Non-GCC Philanthropy in the Education Sector

Callum Printsmith
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Mental Health First Aid in the UAE

Alya Saif Al Ghais

Families’ Role in Promoting a Healthier Culture and Society in the UAE: The Intergenerational Effects of Healthy Eating

Shwikar Othman, Mary Steen
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How to Save the Date Palm Groves? Identify and Protect Water Sources and Traditional Water Works

William Raynolds

Making the UAE an International Destination for Higher Education and Research

Marvin Erfurth

Why prioritize women’s reproductive health in the UAE?

Mira Mousa
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Language policy is more than documents

William Cook
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The Importance of Translating Data-Driven Research Used as Evidence

Suha Tutunji

Inclusive Dialogue Develops Inclusive Policies and Practices for People of Determination

Aida Mohajeri

New School Year: How to Build Rapport as an Expatriate Teacher

Holly Cook

Children’s Universities: A call to inspire the next generation in the UAE

Dr. Wagdy Sawahel

The Impact of Housing Programs in Ras Al Khaimah

Dr. Sandeep Agrawal

Ten Things We’ve Learned over 10 Years of Researching Education in the Region

Dr. Natasha Ridge

What is it like to study abroad as an Arab secondary school student?

Rafia Aldhahouri

Four Benefits of an International Internship in Ras al Khaimah

Callum Printsmith

2018: A Year in Review

Dr. Natasha Ridge

Recruitment, Retention and Integration of Healthcare Professionals: Modernizing Medical Workforce Governance in the UAE

Stephanie Short, Nikhil Hawal, Nasser Sai Albusaidi

How to spell more precisely in the Arabic script? An innovation from the Islamic world

Helen Abadzi

The Recipe for Education: 2018 UAE-Vietnam Teacher Exchange

Reham Zahran

Funding Experiments in Education: Essential Considerations for Paying for Success

Holly Cook

To Sustain Standard Arabic, Invest Early in Grammar

Helen Abadzi

Challenges to preparing GCC national students for higher education abroad

Dr. Natasha Ridge

Exploring the Promises and Pitfalls of Public, Private, and Philanthropic Partnerships in Education: The 2018 Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium

Susan Kippels

Philanthropy in the Arab Region -reflections from the UAE

Dr. Natasha Ridge

A day in the life of Old Ras Al Khaimah

Matthew MacLean

Fathers May be Key to Improving Education in the Middle East

Dr. Natasha Ridge

The tangible benefits of arts education in the Gulf, soft-skill development for the 21st century

Holly Cook

Education, Training and Agenda 2030: What Progress One Year On? The Role and Impact of Gulf Philanthropy in Relation to SDG4

Susan Kippels