October 2018
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How are low-income Emiratis doing in secondary schools in the UAE? This study uses PISA 2015 data to look at students’ performance by key characteristics, including: family wealth, home and school environments, gender, school sector, and emirate. It discusses how low-income Emiratis, particularly boys, could be better served by the existing school system and suggests policies that would address their distinct needs. Read More
This policy paper discusses the feasibility of a future where the UAE invests in biofuels sourced from its mangroves. It presents the negative economic and environmental impacts of conventional methods of fuel production, reviews advances in biofuel technology, and analyzes the many microorganisms in the naturally occurring mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah. Read More
In medical workforce governance in the UAE, issues of professional recruitment, retention, and integration require attention as the majority of doctors and other healthcare professionals are internationally trained. This policy paper highlights results from a study on health professional regulation in the UAE, reviewing recent advances and providing recommendations for their continued improvement. Read More
Featured Projects & Programs
The Al Qasimi Foundation’s College Preparation Program prepares secondary students in Ras Al Khaimah for competitive university study overseas or in the UAE. Grade 9-12 students attend after-school classes, workshops, and field trips, as well as optional overseas summer programs, to develop their academic skills and English language proficiency.  Read More
The Ras Al Khaimah Teachers Network (RAKTN) is a networking site that allows teachers and educators to come together to share resources, ideas, and best practices. RAKTN hosts discussion forums, blogs, and free downloadable resources. It is also the virtual platform for the Al Qasimi Foundation’s teacher professional development workshops. Read More
During the 2018 UAE-Vietnam Teacher Exchange Program, UAE teachers conducted the first stages of action research projects comparing the UAE and Vietnamese education systems. They looked at classroom, administration, and ministry level policies and practices that could be applied in their own schools. Read More
Al Qasimi Foundation visiting scholar Dr. Helen Abadzi, writing for the Varly Project, discusses the ways that privately funded think tanks can effectively integrate data-driven research and Arab culture and tradition. Read More
Al Qasimi Foundation researcher Elizabeth Bruce, writing for Al-Fanar Media, looks at how a new youth survey could help inform the philanthropic sector in Saudi Arabia and bolster the government’s plans to move the country toward a knowledge-based economy. Read More
Ready for the 7th Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival? Send us your work to participate in the most awaited art and film festival of the year! You will be featured among artists and filmmakers from over 50 countries, and walk down the red carpet with famous artists and directors from the region. The submission deadline for the 2019 festival is October 20, 2018. Read More
The Al Qasimi Foundation’s School Grants provide up to 10,000 AED in funding for individual schools to undertake special projects or pilot new initiatives that improve school environment, enhance student learning, and foster an overall positive student experience. Proposals submitted before October 25th are given priority. Read More
Grade 10-12 students are invited to the 2018 Future Careers Fair on Monday, October 22 at the RAK Cultural Center from 8:00am to 2:30pm. Information on important careers for the future of the UAE, their requirements, university programs, training opportunities will be provided. For further information or to RSVP, contact Ms. Rasha Mohsen at rasha.m@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae or +971 7 233 8060.
In the News
The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development inaugurated the Al Burda Exhibition for Islamic Arts at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah on Tuesday, September 25th. The event was organised in partnership with the Al Qasimi Foundation and the Department of Antiquities and Museums . Read More
Civil engineer-turned-artist Ria Sharma teams up with social organizations to create art that can benefit society, especially underprivileged women. The Al Qasmi Foundation Studio & Gallery in Ras Al Khaimah is presenting a solo show of her paintings, titled Trance to Eternity. Gulf News visited her studio in Dubai to learn more about her work and journey as an artist. Read More
Today, the UAE enjoys a literacy rate of over 90%, but is a victim of its own success: Emirati children are growing up fluent in English but struggling with fluency in Arabic reading. The Al Qasimi Foundation's new early-grade Arabic literacy project in Ras Al Khaimah schools is trying to change that. Read More
Al Qasimi Foundation's Natasha Ridge discusses the need to lower private school fees, which are disadvantaging lower-income expatriates. A new model of affordable private schools being rolled out in Abu Dhabi should increase competition and encourage expatriate families to educate their children in the UAE. Read More
Events & Deadlines
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Members of the press who are interested in covering or learning more about the Al Qasimi Foundation's research, events, or other initiatives may contact Ms. Caitrin Mullan, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach.
Our Mission
The Al Qasimi Foundation seeks to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates through high-quality policy research, strategic capacity development, and purposeful community engagement.
  Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
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