Higher Education in the Gulf

Higher Education in the Gulf States

Shaping Economies, Politics and Culture

Edited by Christopher Davidson and Peter Mackenzie Smith

Nowhere in the world is university education expanding as rapidly as in the six-member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

In two generations the region has gone from having the Middle East’s least educated population to boasting a younger generation whose educational achievements are approaching Oraginisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) standards.

This unique study, with contributions by key decision makers, charts this dramatic development, exploring the challenges faced and placing accomplishments within the social, economic and political context of the region.

About the Editor(s)

Christopher Davidson is a lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics at the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University.

Peter Mackenzie Smith worked for the British Council and was Director of Education for GEC and Marconi. He directed a series of five strategic forums on education and training between the UK and the Middle East.