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Governance and the Shift towards ‘Corporate Model’ in the Higher Education Institutions [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. Ahead of Print: ALRJ-50133 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.50133

Governance and the Shift towards ‘Corporate Model’ in the Higher Education Institutions

Abdulfattah Omar
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Despite the positive impacts of corporate governance in enhancing development plans and improving transparency, very little has been done on the role of corporate governance policies, regulations, and practices in the Higher Education context, in general, and in the Egyptian Higher Education institutions and universities in particular. The hypothesis is that corporate governance is important for governing the universities and higher education’s institutions especially in the light of the shift of the universities and these institutions towards the ‘corporate model’ due to competitiveness and the global changes we witness today. In order to address the gap between corporate governance and the functionality of universities and higher education institutions, this study seeks to explore the impact of corporate governance practices on improving accountability, transparency and sustainable development in the Egyptian Higher Education institutions. In so doing, in-depth interviews were conducted with 48 participants from four universities and higher education institutions. Data collected from the interviews were qualitatively analyzed through thematic content analysis. The findings indicate that corporate governance is an effective anti-corruption tool and thus should be integrated into the institutions’ processes, interactions, and practices. Awareness should be developed among employees, faculty, and executives to participate and sustain an environment that is instilled with corporate governance practices. Universities and higher education institutions are required to develop effective and reliable corporate governance policies and regulations that can be effectively applied to all the institution’s interactions and processes. In this way, corporate governance has positive impacts on the accountability, transparency, and sustainable developments of the universities and higher education institutions. The findings of the study have their implications to the Language Departments and centers in the universities and higher education institutions. They are required to adopt working and reliable governance policies and practices in order to shift successfully into corporate models.

Keywords: accountability, corporate governance, Egyptian universities, Language Departments and centers, sustainable development, transparency

Corresponding Author: Abdulfattah Omar, Saudi Arabia
Manuscript Language: English
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