Campuses Engage Students, U.S. Style

Universities around the world adopt Western model of support services

Universities Around the World Import Student Services 1

Silvia Razgova for The Chronicle

Alisha Tysor (left), a student-services adviser at Zayed U. in Abu Dhabi, works with female students to move through an obstacle course meant to foster teamwork. The university has hired several staff members from the West to introduce student-life programs.

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Silvia Razgova for The Chronicle

Alisha Tysor (left), a student-services adviser at Zayed U. in Abu Dhabi, works with female students to move through an obstacle course meant to foster teamwork. The university has hired several staff members from the West to introduce student-life programs.

On the women's side of Zayed University here in Abu Dhabi, students in black, floor-length abayas stride past banners promoting campus services: "Is Your Career in Focus?" and "Scared Of Exams! ... This Workshop is for You." Programs and activities dedicated to students' success have recently become part of daily life at this conservative Emirati institution.

Across most of the world, the role of a university has been to develop students' minds, not their characters. Lectures