HomeIAMURE International Journal of Educationvol. 17 no. 1 (2016)

Dual Career Academic Couple in the Higher Educational Institutions: Women Academic Perspective

A.m. Sultana | Zuraini Jamil Osman



Recently, dual career academic couples are increasing in the higher educational institutions in Malaysia and across the globe. Migrant dual-career academic tend to have a positive impact on the academic world with regards to diversity and competitive workforce. However, dual career academic couples particularly the women academic face a unique set of challenges within the academic world and family. These couples may work separately with different organizations to thrive toward their career goals. Studies showed that one of the problems of pursuing two careers in the different geographic area is often encountered by dual-career couples, especially for women in academic dual-career marriages inbalancing familial roles and professional responsibilities. Some studies suggested that couple hiring policy is necessary for the universities that would impact on quality of work and diversity. In line with, the goals of the discussion are: (a) to discuss the importance of dual career couples (b) to know the common barriers are encountered by dual career academic couples in their work and families (c) to review the Dual Hire Policy for effectively managing their two careers and work-life balance.