Sunday, October 28, 2007

Scope and Limitations

The theme of our study is the government support on the public tertiary education systems in Qatar, UAE and KSA, and it covers the legal framework provided by the government, the accessibility of public tertiary education to the people, and the linkages between the government, industry and the academe. The time frame for our study will be the 2nd term of the school year 2007-2008. An excluded variable would be the measurement of the competitiveness of the public tertiary education system since it is difficult to set a standard on competitiveness. Private tertiary education will also be excluded from this study, as well as the historical backgrounds or past government actions – we will limit our study only to information from the year 2000 to the present.


We are planning to interview key officials of the respective embassies of the three countries in connection to our study. However, we can not obtain firsthand information or personal interviews from the Ministries of Education which are considered the most reliable sources for this particular research, hence this will be the limitation of our study. Due to this anticipated weakness, we can only rely on their websites and online resources to supplement our facts. We also cannot interview students, college graduates, professors and other significant actors who have firsthand experience on the matter. The limited time frame will also restrict our study into the more important and specific aspects.

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