Women Enrolled in Postgraduate Education in Technical and Science Subjects: A Case Study of 10 UAE National Students

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This research presents the findings of a study of 10 Emirati female post graduate students from The British University in Dubai (BuiD), Khalifa University for Science and Technology, American University of Sharjah, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It explores their views about the factors affecting their choice of post graduate educational courses at universities in UAE and how it has influenced their life and career aspirations. The research employs a narrative research methodology and the data was collected through interviews conducted with a sample of 10 post graduate female Emirati students from different disciplines encompassing MSc level degrees of Finance and Banking, Project Management, Civil Engineering, Information Technology, SDBE and Engineering Management. The literature review identifies the range of potential influences on the choice of post graduate education for Emirati women and considers different goals and aspirations in terms of employability and career development. The empirical research explores the gap between expectations and market realities of Emirati female students examining the obstacles and challenges they face post qualification in pursuing a career of their choice. Recommendations are provided for a range of stakeholders in the UAE society with the aim of promoting increased number of UAE women studying technical and science disciplines.
women’s education, women’s careers, postgraduate degree study, UAE national students, technical and science subjects