Cultural shock or shocking culture: An exploration of the main obstacles encountering Syrian newly returned academic staff from abroad

Hiba Massoud, Rami Ayoubi

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Abstract

This study explores and empirically investigates and classifies the major reverse
culture shock aspects, difficulties that Syrian returning academics encounter once they come back to their sending universities, and their previous cultural exposure when they studied abroad. The data is collected using a questionnaire developed for the purpose of this study and distributed to more than one hundred academics who returned within the past 49 months to Damascus University. Seventy eight academics responded. From the perspective of newly appointed academic staff, the questionnaires basically investigate the extent of study abroad exposure, aspects of reveres cultural shock, and major difficulties academics face from the date of returning until the date of being a full member of academic staff. A cross-sectional comparative analysis based on personal information is accomplished. To further investigate the three dimensions of the study, both factor and cluster analysis are employed. The results are presented in a three dimensional grid models. This study is the first analytical study in this field in the Syrian higher education sector. However, it is limited to data collected from only one public university in Syria.
Implicitly, the study highlights the importance of maintaining academic staff at
their institutions. It also provides suggestions and recommendations to university managers for better elimination of the high risk of brain drain in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Arab Regional Conference on Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationTowards an Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Societal Responsibilities
Place of PublicationBeirut - Lebanon
PublisherUNESCO
Pages299-317
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789231041747
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2009
EventArab Regional Conference on Higher Education
: Towards an Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Societal Responsibilities
- Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 31 May 20092 Jun 2009

Conference

ConferenceArab Regional Conference on Higher Education
CountryEgypt
CityCairo
Period31/05/092/06/09

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    Massoud, H., & Ayoubi, R. (2009). Cultural shock or shocking culture: An exploration of the main obstacles encountering Syrian newly returned academic staff from abroad. In United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Arab Regional Conference on Higher Education: Towards an Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Societal Responsibilities (pp. 299-317). [14] Beirut - Lebanon: UNESCO.