EdD Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Arab Culture, Gulf Region, International Branch Campuses, Middle East Higher Education, Student Affairs work overseas
Education and globalization; College branch campuses; Student affairs administrators
The internationalization movement in higher education expanded quickly in the past two decades. While efforts varied among institutions, the common and preferred approach has been creation of International Branch Campuses (IBC). Currently, there are 283 IBCs, 30% of which are located in the Middle East region.
This study explored the role of local culture context in shaping Western student affairs practices implemented at the American IBCs in the State of Qatar. A qualitative single-case study included interviews with 14 Western expatriates who were re-cited from the United States to work in the Student Affairs departments in Education City, Qatar. The intercultural competence framework was utilized to guide the study.
Findings revealed the influence of the local cultural context in shaping student affairs practitioners' programs and events. Participants noted that they work in a collective society, with strong families ties and influence, with significant differences between Eastern and Western cultures. They described modifications to their events and programs to make them more relevant and to meet the needs of their local students and made recommendations for transition of new student affairs staff in the Middle East.
Research findings suggest the significant role of the local Arab culture in shaping student affairs programs and initiatives differently from those in the United States.
Abdo, Amjad Omar, "Qualitative study investigating Western student affairs practices in Qatar" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2768.