Transforming Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Contributing to Social Progress and the New Economy
Since its founding in 1971, the UAE rapidly modernized its economy and infrastructure. Now it is transforming its higher education system to be competitive in the 21st century knowledge-based economy.
||Higher Education, Knowledge Based Society, Learner Centered Education, Transforming Higher Education, United Arab Emirates Education, United Arab Emirates Higher Education Institutions, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education
International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp.277-286.
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Dr David A. Wagie (Brig Gen, USAF, retired) currently serves as an Educational Consultant to the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this assignment, he served 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in July 2004 as a Brigadier General. During his career in the USAF, Dr Wagie served in a variety of positions as a pilot, engineer, and educator. His flying assignments include serving as a Boeing 707 Research Pilot, a Boeing 737 Pilot, and a Cessna Instructor Pilot. As an educator at the USAF Academy, he taught numerous courses in Military Science, Astronautical Engineering, Engineering Design, and Spacecraft Guidance and Control; served as the Director of Laboratories and Research in the Department of Astronautical Engineering; and served as the Department Head for the Department of Military Sciences. In his last assignment in the USAF, Dr Wagie served as the Dean of the Faculty (Provost) at the USAF Academy, Colorado. In this position, he directed 500 teaching faculty and 200 staff teaching over 500 college courses in 32 academic majors to 4000 students. He supervised 19 academic departments and 5 staff agencies, and was responsible for an annual budget of $40 million and resources over $250 million. He also oversaw the successful Academy institutional re-accreditation in 1999. Under his tenure, the USAF Academy was named the "#3 best overall academic experience" in the United States for 2003 by the Princeton Review, and the "#6 best undergraduate engineering school" in the United States for 2003 by the US News and World Report. Dr Wagie is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy. He holds a MS Degree from Stanford University, and a PhD from Purdue University, both in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
Dr Fox is Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education, Policy & Planning, for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. He leads national planning and coordination among the federal universities and is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Previously, he served as Scholar in Residence, University of California at Berkeley, with the Center for Studies in Higher Education, focusing on higher education administration, state-level policy and finance, and best practices for accountability. Also he was the longest serving Executive Director of California's planning and coordinating agency for higher education — the California Postsecondary Education Commission. He served as convener of the California Education Roundtable composed of California's university system leaders. As Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Nevada System, the fastest growing system in the nation, Dr Fox led educational policy and planning for the universities and community colleges. He was a tenured faculty member with the Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, for many years. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, and an Assistant to the Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr Fox was a NASA Fellow for Doctoral Studies and an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. He was named Professor and Vice Chancellor Emeritus by the University of Nevada.
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