Singapore University of Social Sciences

Overseas Study Mission (UAE)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


The Persian Gulf states of UAE underwent decolonisation from being components of the British empire in the 19th century to independence and self-rule in 1971 when Abu Dhabi, ‘Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn combined their sovereign territories to make up the entity known as United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in 1972, Ra's al Khaymah merged with this group of states. The GDP per capita income of UAE matches those of developed economies and income from energy resources (mainly oil) and good relations with the West and other energy-deficient states have benefitted the UAE. Moving up the value chain, the UAE has undergone economic restructuring to build up its finance industry as well. Resource-dependent and also exporting mainly to large oil users in the world, the UAE is also vulnerable to global oil shocks, financial downturns and geopolitical risks – a good example of 2008 when UAE export of oil and finance sector was hit badly. Politically, it stayed coherent and stable, unaffected by "Arab Spring" and other political tremors but ripples effects of the Arab Spring is still visible in March 2011 when advocates and intelligentsia agitated for more public inputs into political administration through digital cyberspace. Since then, the UAE has tried to funnel more investments to the Northern Emirates to placate socioeconomically disadvantaged regions of the Emirates. This OSM hopes to understand the historical, social, economic and political factors that constitutes the UAE entity and facilitate the students’ ability to discuss, analyse and evaluate the successes and challenges facing UAE’s contemporary development.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Economic background and outlook for UAE and business investments in the economy of the UAE.
  • History and socio-cultural aspects of the UAE.
  • Geo-political developments in the region.
  • Social enterprises and entrepreneurship in UAE.

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate their own personal understanding of the corporate culture in the companies from an on-site perspective and an understanding of UAE’s social and political governance. OSM participants will observe ongoing changes and reforms in the UAE economy.
  • Discuss the dynamically-changing ideas of corporate, social and political management and make personal observation studies about the ongoing changes in the region, like rich histories and cultures with the revival of new Silk Road projects and natural gas industry; democratisation ; economic development and geopolitical changes like the rise of radicalism and UAE as a showcase of modernity, progress and multicultural strength in the region.
  • Identify the main features of UAE corporate management and explain the strengths and weaknesses of their social governance systems, the advantages and disadvantages of these features.
  • Analyse UAE's corporate management practices and social governance systems through case studies; analyse changing economic needs, demographic shifts and evolving trends/lifestyles/habits in the UAE societies.
  • Formulate and appraise their own conclusions with regard to contemporary issues and concepts presented in the course.
  • Evaluate comparative perspectives after taking this course, both internally within the different chronological phases of UAE corporate management and social governance as well as externally with other forms of management techniques (for e.g. Singapore).
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of UAE business executives and their business practices, establish mutual understanding and communicate with executives from UAE to achieve common objectives in business settings, service learning initiatives and analyses of their social system.
  • Deepen their appreciation of the significance of UAE business management's adaptations and evolution according to chronological phases in its development.
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