College adopts e-dirham

Students can now pay for online courses in Total Quality Management (TQM) using the e-dirham under a joint scheme by Dubai's eGovernment and the e-TQM College.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  January 18, 2004

Students can now pay for online courses in Total Quality Management (TQM) using the e-dirham under a joint scheme by e-TQM College and the Dubai eGovernment. The college’s payment gateway has been integrated with the eGovernment’s ePay gateway. The payment gateway is a shared secure on-line resource that facilitates all Dubai Government departments to conduct electronic payments for the services that are offered online. The unified online payment gateway will achieve substantial cost savings for the department in terms of hardware, software, maintenance and manpower. It gives users the option of making payments by credit card (currently Mastercard and Visa) or the e-Dirham card (referred to as Government Client Card). In the near future, paying via direct fund transfer from the customer’s bank account to the Dubai government account will be implemented. e-TQM College will be the first online education provider to benefit from ePay, to provide its students with online fee transaction facilities. “The option of online payment of course fees is an important step towards increasing the learner friendliness of the courses on offer. Our objective is to eliminate any obstacles that the learner might face in the pursuit of Total Quality Management skills,” says Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, director, e-TQM College. “Our college is well on its way to establishing itself as the leading provider of Total Quality Management studies in the Arab world. We expect that the availability of a reliable online payment option, like ePay, will not only facilitate the studies of our existing learner group, but will also contribute to increasing the reach of our courses to a wider segment of the community,” he adds. “The decision to extend the services of our e-Payment gateway, ePay, to online payment for e-TQM’s courses was largely based on the fact that e-Learning is an important aspect in the development of a community that is increasingly interacting online,” says Salem Al Shair, Director eServices, Dubai eGovernment. “The availability of online learning channels allows all segments of the community to benefit from professional skills. A dependable and secure system of conducting online fee transactions will be an important factor in the optimisation of the potential of e-Learning and will contribute to the Dubai eGovernment’s goal of encouraging online education opportunities that meet global standards,” he adds.

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