Ahmed Baghdady

EdD - Part-time program

Email: amib1@le.ac.uk

Research Topic

What are the leadership challenges that Western university branch campus leaders in one of the Gulf Cooperation Council states face?

Research Summary

The number of Western university branch campuses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has increased remarkably but some of these campuses are flourishing while others have been closed. Campus leaders usually come from the home university to work in a new cultural context. This study aims at generating new understandings of the leadership challenges in branch campuses in a state in this region and outlines some of the efforts leaders make to deal with these challenges.

This study will address this problem by attempting to answer these questions: 1) what are the leadership challenges senior leaders of branch campuses in the nation state face as a result of operating in a cultural context different from that of their home campus?; 2) how are leaders dealing with these challenges and what are the difficulties they encounter in this regard?; and 3) what are the lessons learned for future branch campus leaders and host country officials?

Research Supervisor

Dr Alison Taysum

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships



None at present

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Baghdady, A. (2012), Leadership challenges in university branch campuses in one of the GCC states, Going Global Conference 2012, March 2012, London, UK
  • Baghdady, A. (2011), Leadership at university branch campuses in the GCC region: challenges and the way forward, University of Leicester Annual Postgraduate Student Conference 2011, July 2011, University of Leicester, UK
  • Baghdady, A. (2011), Leadership challenges in Middle East’s university branch campuses, First QS Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS MAPLE) 2011, May 2011, Dubai, UAE
  • Baghdady, A. (2011), Leadership challenges in Middle East’s university branch campuses, Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Annual Symposium, 2011, March 2011, Ras Al-Khaima, UAE
  • Baghdady, A. (2010), How effective are the student recruitment methods used by Qatar’s Education City universities? Qatar Foundation First Annual Research Froum, 2010, Dec. 2010, Doha, Qatar

Additional Information:

I am an English language instructor by training. Early in my career, I taught EFL/ESL at various adult education programmes and institutions. Later I moved to programme administration and was responsible for large scale adult EFL programmes in Egypt. In 2005, I moved to Qatar where I was a Programme Manager responsible for reforming and leading a government scholarship programme. I am currently a Research Project Manager with a US research and policy analysis institution in Qatar. I work on areas related to education reform, strategic planning and organizational improvement, accreditation systems, educational vouchers, programme evaluation, and leadership and human resources development in higher education. I completed my MA in Educational Leadership at the University of Leicester in 2009 and am currently working towards the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership.

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