- Vice Minister
- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific
- Higher Education Development Projects
|Mohamed M Al-Mottahar has been the
Vice Minister of Higher Education and Scientific
Research (MHESR) in Yemen since June 2001. Previously,
he was associate professor of educational administration
in the United Arab Emirates University (1998-2001),
and at the University of Sana'a in Yemen (1986-1998).
He also served as Vice President of the University
of Sana'a in the years 1976 to 1981. In addition
to his current post, Dr. Al-Mottahar is a faculty
member in the Department of Educational Administration
and Supervision in the College of Education at the
University of Sana'a
Dr. Al-Mottahar received his B.A degree in philosophy
and sociology from the University of Libya (1968-1972),
Master of Science in school management from Indiana
University (1975-1976), and PhD in higher education
from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1982-1986).
He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the
both the Master and PhD levels.
Among his primary responsibilities as Vice Minister
is the Higher Education Development Project (HEDP),
which includes the World Bank Project (Learning
and Innovation Credit) to introduce planned interventions
into the system of higher education in Yemen in
the areas of Governance, Quality, and financial
management and the Nuffic (Netherlands Organization
for International Cooperation in Higher Education)
project, both of which he helped to design and
Dr. Al-Mottahar's area of interest includes innovation
and change in higher education institutions, comparative
higher education, program development and evaluation,
accreditation, quality assurance and quality enhancement.
Moreover, he works with the Ministry of Education
in developing Yemen Secondary Education Strategy
and its links to higher education sector.
Selected Research Activities:
- Challenges Facing Higher Education Sector
in Yemen: Current Situation and Future Vision.
A study presented to the Higher Education Strategy
Workshop, 4-6 February 2005, Sana'a. (In Arabic).
- Information Technology in Public and private
Organizations in the Republic of Yemen: Current
Status and Future Development. Journal of the
Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Sana'a University,
Yemen, Vol. 24, September 2005. In Arabic (co-author).
- Toward Suitable Types of Educational Programs
that Meet Gulf Women Needs in the Labor Market.
Seminar on Gulf Women and the Labor Market,
UNESCO: Gulf Region Office, Ras Al-Khaimah,
2000. In Arabic (co-author).
- Women and Development in the Republic of Yemen.
Published by the Central Statistical Organization
and UNFPA, Sana'a, Yemen, 1998. Editor and Co-author
- Higher Education in Yemen: National Report.
A study prepared on request of UNESCO for the
Arab Regional Conference on Higher Education,
2-5 March 1998, Beirut, Lebanon.
|Arab Higher Education: The Impact
of Transition from Elite to Mass Higher Education
This proposal deals mainly with the first theme
of the New Century Scholars Program (NCS), which
is the transition from elite to mass higher education
system. It examines the challenges facing Arab
Higher Education (AHE) as a result of moving from
elite to mass system and its impact on equity
and quality, and how the system should deal effectively
with quantitative expansion. The emphasis is on
examining current status of AHE, identifying challenges,
threats, and opportunities, preparedness to cope
effectively with transition from elite to mass
system, gleaning lessons from international experience,
and specifying the characteristics of the system
needed to cope with mass education challenges.
Analysis and proposed solutions to the transition
to mass system requires researching the three
other related themes, namely the choice of institutional
models, creating the public-private mix of institutions,
and benefiting from the advantages of the technological
revolution. Although the researcher will concentrate
on the individual research proposal, but he will
contribute to the analysis of the group work on
transition from elite to mass system, and through
examining of international experience he will
enrich the work of the other related themes on
institutional models, public private mix, and
technological revolution impact on higher education.
The international exchange visit will facilitate
the securing the needed literature, creating contact
with colleagues in the host institutions, writing
and revising the study, and getting contact and
feedback with the NCS distinguished leader.