Posted on November 12, 2019

WISE has released eight new research reports that provide detailed insights and actionable recommendations to education challenges in Qatar and beyond.

The reports – relevant to educators, policy-makers, school leaders, and parents – include topics such as local learning ecosystems, language policies, wellbeing of students, educational leadership, global citizenship education, excellence in higher education, and student mobility. Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research, WISE – a Qatar Foundation (QF) initiative – said: “We are very pleased to launch these reports that signify strong collaboration with international partners to address timely education issues. At WISE, we design our research to inform policy and practice, and support efforts to improve educational outcomes in various contexts.”

One of the research studies, conducted in collaboration with the Innovation Unit, UK, focuses on the emerging local learning eco-systems and how these eco-systems support and enhance student learning. While a team of researchers from Ohio University, sponsored by Josoor Institute of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, have focused on the education challenges that elite athletes encounter during and after their athletic life.

Researchers from Northwestern University propose a new way to think about educational leadership from a multilevel distributed perspective. This presses us to examine educational leadership systemically by attending to how aspects of the school, system, and sector interact to constitute educational leadership in practice. Additionally, WISE collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar – a QF partner university – to produce a report on language policies in globalized contexts where the author advocates for collaboration, as opposed to competition, among languages in multilingual environments.

The Institute of International Education conducted a study on the global competition for talent by analyzing national strategies for attracting international students around the world, highlighting a number of case studies of effective student recruitment strategies. The wellbeing of students was addressed in a report by researchers from the RAND Corporation supported by both WISE and World Innovation Summit for Health – also a QF initiative – shedding light on a number of successful initiatives and programs from the Middle East and around the world.

A study conducted in collaboration with Durham University, UK, focuses on the impact of Global Citizenship Education on students’ attitudes towards equality, diversity, and tolerance. And, in partnership with senior researchers from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, US, WISE has produced a report on how higher education institutions pursue excellence, not by obtaining high positions in international rankings but by effectively serving the needs of their local societies. The official launch of the reports will take place during the upcoming 2019 WISE Summit on November 19-21 at Qatar National Convention Centre, where research authors will present to discuss their findings with participants.

For more information, or to access the reports, please visit the WISE website: www.wise-qatar.org/wise-works/wise-research.

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