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Yusra Mouzughi: A British-Libyan Academic Pursues a Vision for Education in the Gulf

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Mouzughi’s career began in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, where she joined an insurance company for seven years. Later, she obtained a doctoral degree from the business school of Liverpool John Moores University before joining the faculty there.

“I see Mouzughi as an inspiring academic leader and role model for those seeking to follow in her footsteps or aspiring to reach the highest levels of senior management in higher education,” David Bryde, director of research and knowledge transfer at Liverpool Business School and Mouzughi’s Ph.D. supervisor, said in a phone call.

Narimane Hadj-Hamou, founder and chief executive of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), agrees with Bryde that Mouzughi has a number of important qualities that serve her well in university administrative positions.

“She is a strong, accomplishing, ambitious woman,” said Hadj-Hamou, who worked with Mouzughi in Muscat. “She has a goal-oriented and visionary strategy, which enabled her to excel in her role and make a difference in higher education in Oman, besides her unpretentiousness and willingness to always listen and support in the best way possible, which is another important quality of a successful leader.”

Establishing a New University

In 2016, in her first work experience outside Britain, Mouzughi became the deputy vice-chancellor for academic affairs at the newly established Muscat University. She was then selected by the Board of Trustees in 2018 to lead the university, becoming the first woman to chair an Omani university.

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Moving to an Arab country after many years of living in Britain was an opportunity for Mouzughi to learn about work patterns in a different environment, and to take up the new challenge of building a university, designing its academic programs for students and professors, and overseeing all founding and educational details.

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