Factors Affecting Female Academic Role Models in Higher Education in Syria: A Case Study

  • 03 Jun 2023
  • Recently published Research - Business


Serene Dalati -  Maria Awad -  Rim Omar -  Rania Matar

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Journal of Service, Innovation and Sustainable Development, volume 3, number 2, pp. 131-142, 2022.




This research examines dimensions that might be influencing female academic role models in the higher education environment in Syria. The prior studies report a set of factors impacting female professionals in the Middle East and North African region, which are categorized at the individual, situational and socio-cultural levels. The methodology applies a case study approach. The case of Professor Wafika Zarzour is examined as an example of a female academic role model from the pharmaceutical field of study. Dr. Wafika Zarzour is a full professor and founding dean at Arab International University with remarkable achievements and years of professional work experience. The case analysis highlights a set of individual, institutional and socio-cultural factors which have influenced the experience and career success of Professor Zarzour.

Keywords: Female empowerment in higher education; female role models; case study approach; AIU; Syria.

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