Experiences of expatriate university teachers in a health science university in Saudi Arabia-A Qualitative study

Expatriate faulty experiecnes

  • Uzma Asif King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
  • Nusrat Bano King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1107-899X
  • Hend Al Najjar King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Keywords: Expatriate, Experiences, University, Teachers

Abstract

Background and Objective: A large number of university teachers in Saudi Arabia comprise of expatriates. Their experiences are unique in context of the challenges and benefits of academic expatriation. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of expatriate university teachers in Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A qualitative descriptive design was used based on in-depth interviews with academic expatriates, recruited through snowball sampling in a Health Science University in Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted from 12 September 2019 to 20 October 2019 after IRB approval. Graneheimian inductive approach was used for content analysis of the data. Standard principles of trustworthiness were applied.

Results: Three major themes emerged as ‘conscious venture’, ‘spirit at work’ and ‘coping strategies’. Each theme had 2-3 subthemes, populated by 14-23 statements.

Conclusion: Expatriate faculty members described antecedents for their motivations at work. They shared their experiences regarding job adjustments, work environment and professional commitment.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.1896

How to cite this:
Asif U, Bano N, Al-Najjar H. Experiences of expatriate university teachers in a health science university in Saudi Arabia-A Qualitative study. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(4):799-803. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.1896

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Published
2020-05-14
How to Cite
Asif, U., Bano, N., & Al Najjar, H. (2020). Experiences of expatriate university teachers in a health science university in Saudi Arabia-A Qualitative study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.1896
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