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.

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

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

Callum Printsmith

Making the UAE an International Destination for Higher Education and Research

Marvin Erfurth
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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

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

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

Fathers May be Key to Improving Education in the Middle East

Dr. Natasha Ridge

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

Susan Kippels