Chapter 9

Building a Foundation for Success? Foundation Programs in the Arab Gulf States Using Qatar as a Case Study

Issam E. Khoury,    Open Society Foundations, London, United Kingdom


The six countries of the Persian Gulf have relatively new higher education systems which they have been working very hard to develop as world class. This development has not coincided with the development of their K-12 system, thus creating a disconnect between the outcomes of the K-12 graduate and the entering student at universities across the region. This disconnect has necessitated the creation and growth of Foundation Programs at colleges and universities in the Gulf, which are remedial/college preparatory programs focusing on English and math skills, ...

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