Kingdom Schools embraces ‘e-learning’

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Schools has revealed plans for an integrated networking solution to link its knowledge resources

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 11, 2001

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Schools has revealed plans for an integrated networking solution to link its knowledge resources. The Cisco network will provide students with direct access to resources such as “e-learning” and the Internet, as well as linking a number of administration offices. The initiative will also give parents direct access to the schools, enabling them to view reports and follow their children’s progress online.

Eng. Tilal Al-Miman, executive general manager for local investments at the Kingdom Holding Group, explained that the initiative was part of, “the Kingdom Schools aim to provide the best and latest technological facilities for its students, staff and management.” Cisco regional manager, Dr. Marwan Al-Ahmadi, explained that the project was the first step in Cisco’s program for the development of technology education within Saudi Arabia, initiated to address the shortage of local IT skills.

The project, integrated with the help of Mohammed Mansour Establishment, provides a computer connection for each student at all levels at the school. The network incorporates an IP Telephony system, which allows telephones to be connected directly to the computer network. Once installed, the system should create cost savings in switching infrastructure, and separate telephone and data cabling for Kingdom Schools. It should also make the installation of new software and general day-to-day network management easier.

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