Dubai’s Free Zone model for leadership in the external quality assurance of higher education
Higher education is not value free. Notions of what is optimal or ideal are locally contextualised by such factors as the predominant religion, political system, language, the local employment market and the quality of local secondary schooling. As such, the external quality assurance of higher education must also be contextualised if it is to be effective. In the case of Dubai, the task of designing a contextualised quality assurance system is quite particular. Like many developing higher education sectors, Dubai is heavily reliant upon imported higher education; but unlike most of its peer states, Dubai, through targeted ...