Knowledge Village launches UAE’s first online Business course

The UAE has got its first locally developed online e-Learning course, thanks to the efforts of the Knowledge Village along with HCT, UAE University and Zayed University.

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By  Vijaya George Published  April 2, 2002

The UAE has got its first locally developed online e-Learning course, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Knowledge Village, a Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone initiative, along with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the UAE University and Zayed University (ZU). The launch marks the first joint venture of its kind in the UAE and the first time an electronic course has been recognised for credit in the three universities.

The course, an introductory business tutorial common to the higher diploma and degree programs offered to students in the three universities, commenced on April 1 and will run for ten weeks. Fifteen students from each of the three universities will be enrolled in the program and upon completion will receive credits towards completion of the relevant Business program.

The project was lauded by his Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE minister of higher education and scientific research and chancellor of the three institutions, “as a positive initial step towards providing effective e-Learning opportunities in the UAE.” The effort is in line with the UAE’s commitment towards the establishment of an e-government that provides online access to government services meant for citizens and employees.

Dr. Philip Anderson, vice chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, affirmed the importance of e-Learning, calling it “a key tool for enhancing the quality of learning services provided by these institutions” and said that it may also serve to improve communication between educational institutions and employers, both locally and internationally. “It also provides an unprecedented opportunity for students of both genders to exchange information and strengthen professional development, while upholding customs and traditions,” he added

All three academic institutions have accredited the course internally and may offer more such courses in future. The Knowledge Village will continue to help academic institutions by providing the necessary support and backing in terms of e-Learning infrastructure and support services.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, director of Knowledge Village affirmed the exceptional importance of e-Learning in the UAE and the region. “E-Learning is a key element in ensuring the success of any e-government initiative,” he said. He also expressed confidence that the project would lead to similar initiatives from other regional institutions. More collaborative efforts between the Knowledge Village and the Ministry of Higher Education are scheduled for announcement later this year.

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