"High-stakes game" in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar

March 26, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar "have been engaged in a high-stakes game of one-upmanship involving... American universities."  Traditional centres of education in the region have declined due to war, poverty, and political conflict.  Cornell U, Carnegie Mellon U, Georgetown U and several other high-profile American institutions have signed onto the "Education City" complex in Qatar. Back in 2003, Dubai established its "Knowledge Village," an education "mall" targetting the large population of expats in the community.  Abu Dhabi recently lured New York University away from Dubai by making a $50-million commitment.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)