1. Research-Student Tutor Grants, Middlesex University
  2. The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers Award
  3. Norwegian Quota Scheme (Norwegian Government Scholarship) University of Oslo

Prof. Abdulai Abukari’s primary research focus is Comparative and International Education (Policy, Leadership and Management), teacher education and Workplace Learning. Current research focuses on comparative studies of UAE, developed and developing contexts, with particular emphasis on teacher education and service roles of contemporary higher education institutions and how institutions respond to demands of contemporary society and the so-called emerging knowledge society especially through new approaches to education policy, curriculum development, learning and assessment and quality assurance. Prof. Abdulai Abukari has extensive experience in teaching and conducting research in developing and developed contexts and has published in these areas as well as undertaken major research projects for the Higher Education Academy (England and Wales). He has expertise in using qualitative and mixed methods as well as cross-national research approaches.

He was a keynote speaker at a recent BAICE event at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (July 2015) as well as an invited reviewer of the Singapore’s Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Research Fund (TRF).

Also published a ground breaking analyses of women education in Islam from the perspective of the Quran using a critical Islamic interpretative perspective. See [Abukari, A. (2014) Female Education in Islam: a critical Islamic interpretation of the Quran, Religious Education, 109 (1) pp 4 – 23]

Current Research
  1. Quality assuring doctoral programmes in international context: a comparative case study of quality assurance in doctoral programmes in UAE and UK
  2. Developing appropriate practice in teacher education: a literature review of research and practice in the UAE.
Completed Research
  1. Report on research leading to an options appraisal and feasibility study for the establishment of an all-Wales Workforce Development Centre. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW)
  2. Quality assurance in higher education
  3. Literature Review on Employee Learning. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.
  4. Work-based learning impact study. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.

The British University in Dubai

Block 11, 1st and 2nd floor, Dubai International Academic City PO Box 345015, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 279 1400


Email: [email protected]