Culture and Motivation: The Globalised Learning Paradigm from a Regional Perspective

By Kasim Randeree and Mohammed Hussain Randeree.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the most diverse nations in the world, with over one hundred nationalities living in an area no larger than the US state of Texas. In such an envorinment, where citizens amount to only one fifth of the country’s population, supported by an expatriate population with an assortment of cultures, the development of a university education system to accommodate the needs of the inhabitants could never be ‘one-size-fits-all.’
This paper explores the influence of globalisation on higher education and its impact on citizens of the United Arab Emirates. The paper further investigates the challenges they face in learning in English, a second language to them; motivational problems ensuing from experiencing a paradigm shift in the classroom; cultural challenges they experience in, for example, having to learn from imported textbooks resulting in difficulty in content contextualisation; dealing with differences in values and morals, between, for example, foreign educators and indigenous students.

Keywords: Globalisation, United Arab Emirates, Higher Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.121MB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer in Project Management, Faculty of Business, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Kasim Randeree is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at The British University in Dubai and Visiting Lecturer to The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Dr. Randeree has conducted numerous research and development projects across the Arabian Gulf and North Africa. He has editorial responsibilities with four international journal publications and has published over 40 peer reviewed articles. He is a Member of the Association of Project Managers as well as the Institute for Leadership and Management. His research interests are broadly within organisational development and theory, with emphasis on structure, leadership, diversity and multiculturalism and Islamic heritage. His particular interests in multiculturalism and diversity in human resource management, the advancement of management education in the Middle East and Islamic and contemporary perspectives on leadership and management, have brought him numerous accolades and supporting publications both internationally and across the region. Dr Randeree is the Director of the Organisational Studies Research (OSR) group which has the five Special Interest Groups (SIG) - Project Management, Managing People in Organisations, Leadership, Organisations in Theory and Practice and Learning.

Mohammed Hussain Randeree

Lecturer, College of Engineering, UAE University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mohammed Hussain Randeree is a Lecturer in the College of Engineering at United Arab Emirates University where he develops and guides computer-based, active learning courses and English language development sessions in report writing and presentation skills. Mohammed is a graduate of Loughborough University of Technology (UK), the University of Bradford (UK) and Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) and has since worked in the UK electricity generation industry as a Business Analyst, Trainer and Business Process Design Manager for customer service.

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