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Centre For General Studies - Faculty Members

Welcome to the RUW Centre for General Studies. We are looking forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your success.

Ms. Norhan Abdel-RahmanMs. Norhan Ahmed Abdel-Rahman
Acting Director & Lecturer
Centre For General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 4407




MA in TESL, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt 
BA in Languages and Translation, 6 of October University, Cairo, Egypt

Ms. Norhan A.Rahman has been a Lecturer at RUW since 2013. She has been appointed the Acting Director of The Centre for General Studies in 2015/16.  Ms. Norhan has received her MA in TESOL from the American University in Cairo. She has been teaching adult English learners in the region for more than seven years. She is a dedicated instructor who strives to meet the needs of her students and accommodate their different learning styles. Her classes are very student-centered and she has an excellent rapport with her students creating an atmosphere of respect and support. In addition to teaching, Ms. Norhan has been involved in conducting research. Her passion for teaching makes her interested in research and education quality assurance. She has presented a number of research papers in international conferences; TESOL Arabia 2015, TESOL international 2016 and RUW conference on “Women and Society” 2016.  




Orla Butler
Centre for General Studies

Telephone: 17764488

Diploma, CELTA.  

MA in French and English from Trinity College Dublin.

BA Moderator's degree in French and English from Trinity College Dublin.
Orla holds a BA Moderator's degree in French and English from Trinity College Dublin. She is fluent in French having lived in Paris and prepared a Maîtrise in Literary Translation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. In 1996 she was awarded a Master's from Trinity College Dublin.  She also holds a CELTA.
She has travelled extensively in the Middle East and has lived in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Dr. Abdulraheem ShaheenDr. Abdulraheem Shaheen
Assistant Professor
Centre For General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 4497

BA in Arabic Language Studies - Al Azhar University – Egypt
Postgraduate Diploma - University College of Bahrain

MA in Education - St. Joseph University - Lebanon
PhD in Educational Citizenship - St Joseph University – Lebanon

A native of Bahrain, Dr. Shaheen graduated from the Faculty of Arabic Language at Al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1979. Dr. Shaheen went on to serve at the Ministry of Education as a teacher of Arabic Language at the Secondary level. After ten years of teaching he joined the Department of Curriculum Development of Arabic Language and worked there for seven years where he trained and supervised more than 60 teachers. In 1992, he joined the Department of Special Education in Bahrain. He was later made responsible for the recruitment of teachers in private educational institutions and directed the Arabic language instruction in private schools. In 2002, Dr. Shaheen was promoted as the Head of the Educational Research Development Centre. He received his PhD in 2008 in Educational Citizenship.

Dr. Chitra SinhaDr. Chitra Sinha
Associate Professor (Part-time)
Centre For General Studies

Telephone: 17764 488

PhD, University of Mumbai, India
M Phil , University of Mumbai, India
Master of Arts, Visva Bharati University ,India
Bachelor of Arts, Visva Bharati University ,India

Dr. Chitra Sinha has extensive experience over two decades in teaching, research and training. Before joining the Royal University for Women, she taught at the Visva Bharati University, India, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and in colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai. Her areas of specialization include gender studies, history, political science, sociology, and media studies. She has designed and conducted training programmes for University teachers and corporate executives and has been a member of the curriculum development committees for M.Phil., M.A. and B.A. courses apart from holding several administrative positions. She has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Study on Women, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, India.

Dr. Sinha has conducted research in the areas of women’s empowerment, family law reforms, social consciousness, culture and human rights. She has received prestigious fellowships including the Fellowship of Asiatic Society, Mumbai, the New India Foundation Book Writing Fellowship and the South Asia Regional Fellowship of Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation, USA. She has published articles in books and journals of repute and also presented papers in various international conferences. Her book “Debating Patriarchy: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941-56)” has been published by Oxford University Press. Her current research focuses on women’s empowerment, law and social reform in India and the Middle East.

Ms. Bridget HansenMs. Bridget Hansen
Fulbright Scholar, Teaching Assistant, CGS
Centre for General Studies

Telephone: +973 1776 4472

B.A. in Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. in Classical Studies, Summa Cum Laude, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Bridget Hansen is a U.S. Fulbright Student English Teaching Assistant for the 2016-2017 school year, as well as a Ph.D. candidate in cultural and medical anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is interested in Islamic psychology, globalization, and medicine in the Arabian Gulf, and has studied abroad extensively in the Middle East, including Nizwa, Oman and Amman, Jordan via numerous scholarships and awards. She has conducted research on gender and alcoholism in the United States for her senior undergraduate thesis which earned her high distinction in the anthropology major. She has also worked as a research intern for The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago conducting research on the role of urban community gardens in the health and wellbeing of lower-income residents, immigrants, and refugees. She aims to become an effective professor and prolific researcher of cultural and medical anthropology.