Foreign universities feel the squeeze

Middle Eastern governments’ decisions to make their scholarship programmes more academically selective will be felt across the global higher education sector.

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Published in bq, April 2016

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Shift in strategy required to satisfy GCC skills shortage

Despite dedicating an average of 20% of their national budgets to the education sector, the GCC labour force continues to be ill equipped to meet the economy’s needs, consequently extending their reliance on skilled foreign labour. Two reports have been released in the last six months, which focus on the education sector, and both blame local educational institutions for the calibre of GCC graduates being produced.

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Published on bq, August 11 2014

Chasing dreams of innovation

Many countries are positioning themselves as the preferred destination for innovation as the global emphasis on the knowledge economy gathers momentum. But the UAE’s recent successes suggest the Middle East could be the region to watch as oil rich countries shift their efforts towards creativity and away from a historical reliance on oil.

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Published in bq, August 6 2014

A business worth studying

Built on a 17-acre plot in Karen at a construction cost $35 million, the GEMS Cambridge School is already monumental, and will be even more so upon completion.

None of the fancy turrets of Brookhouse School, which it shares a road with but at just two months old, every classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards (Sh250,000 with- out projector) and construction is ongoing on the Olympic Committee approved 400m all- weather running track, swimming pool, tennis court, School Hall with state of the art acoustics, synthetic garden grass from Belgium to create safe outdoor play spaces and spacious dormitories.

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, November 2012

High tech teaching venture pays off

Nivi Mukherjee spent her spare time work- ing with underprivileged children in Nairobi. One day she asked them to paint a house and then watched as the entire class painted a square box with a triangle on top. “You expect kids to have a great imagina-tion,” she explained, “but our mechanised education system stifles creativity. It stifles children from growing up and becoming free thinkers.”

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, June 2012