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Mission Creep: curricularising knowledges in a new transnational university in the Persian Gulf

posted on 2023-11-09, 22:45 authored by DAVID GREGORY MCMASTER
In the transition from resource-based to knowledge-based economies in the Persian Gulf, transnational higher education institutions, including international branch campuses, play a vital role in expanding educational opportunities. This case study focuses on a university established by a New Zealand consortium in the region. Originally aiming to blend Arab-Islamic and Western principles, the study uncovers a shift towards a curriculum shaped by a perceived 'secular' and 'universal' worldview. By examining the decision-making process of expatriate educators in selecting and justifying course content, the research highlights the importance of understanding cultural contexts and critically evaluating assumptions in the design of international curricula


Principal supervisor

Jennifer Bernadette Bleazby

Additional supervisor 1

George Variyan

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Education, Culture and Society


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Education