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Title: The experiences of expatriate acadmics : a case study in the United Arab Emirates
Author: Sanderson, Kay
ISNI:       0000 0004 2715 2696
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2009
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This study gathers the experiences of a group of academics who have chosen to take up new academic positions in the United Arab Emirates. This was to be able to explore, from the perspective of the academic, the move from the familiar to the unfamiliar, to determine the reasons behind their move and to consider the impact this may have on their future career direction. The project builds on a small body of literature exploring the experiences of expatriate academics and significantly adds to this research. Much of the available literature is now over ten years old, so this research project has provided an opportunity to update the available research. This project investigated the experiences of eighteen expatriate academics of twelve nationalities working in a range of higher educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Semi-structured interviews were used to acquire the information and the resultant data was interrogated using the General Inductive approach. The fmdings demonstrate that career and money are not the prime motivators to make people decide to go. They are supporters ofthe underlying drive to improve aspects of the academic's personal life, especially that of their family. Fundamentally it is a lifestyle decision which drives the decision to relocate in many cases and provides the motivation to overcome the many challenges such a move entails. There was also a perceived concern over their ability to continue their career in first world universities due to the challenges in conducting quality research. These fmdings are insightful to individual academics considering an international m9ye and valuable to academic institutions considering new revenue streams, such as opening a new campus in an emerging country like the United Arab Emirates. Understanding the underlying motivations of those academics accepting these new positions will ensure that the institution can be better prepared to ensure the investment in human capital is well rewarded.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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