Academy to lead IT education in Egypt

Etisalat Academy signs memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Telecommunication in Egypt.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  April 3, 2005

The United Nations is placing huge significance on its Easy Learning initiative, aimed at spreading e-learning throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. In its efforts to implement the project, the Etisalat Academy, which is supporting the venture, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information in Egypt. The MoU will contribute significantly to improving the skills and qualifications of university graduates planning to embark on a successful career, as well as assisting employees already working in both the government and private sector. Additionally, this will support Egypt’s efforts to set up a strong information society. Dr. Tareq Kamel, Minister of Telecommunication and Information in Egypt, and Abdullah Al Tunaiji, member of Etisalat Academy board of directors, signed the memorandum in the presence of representatives from G77-United Nations, as well as a host of ministers and officials in Egypt. According to the MoU, the Egyptian Ministry of Telecommunication and Information will determine the requirements of the Egyptian society regarding the e-learning programmes. These were designed especially for the Middle East and North Africa by the United Nations to fill the gap between academic studies and current job requirements. The programmes include courses in science administration, e-government, accounting, quality assurance and management, marketing, customer services and English language. Speaking about the importance of the memorandum, Obaid Bin Mes’har, CEO of Etisalat International, says: “This project is a unique and hugely important step for the Academy and the advancement of the information society in Egypt. We are pleased to be able to play this supporting role for the project in the Middle East and North Africa, which has been a priority since our inception. We consider the development of e-learning a priority and we will endeavour to do everything in our power to progress this in both the private and public sector within the UAE and beyond.” Etisalat’s support for the knowledge and culture of the society, as well as its training initiatives carried out in the region through its Academy, were praised by Dr. Doaa Fares, general manager of the Academy. “Etisalat Academy was fulfilling an important role in bridging the gap between in knowledge and experience -between the labour market and the universities. The Academy was chosen as a regional representative for a number of international educational institutions in the US and Europe. It has also been accredited as the first regional centre in the Middle East to examine IT experts and engineers hoping to receive international accredited certification,” Fares explains. Choosing the Academy to implement the e-learning project adopted by the Group-77 reflects the institute’s high standard of educational and training qualifications, which are comparable to the most pre-eminent international standards in the field of e-learning, Fares notes. “As one of the most prestigious educational institutions, the Academy deals with ISC2, which is considered to be the first in the world to certify the Security System Professional Certified Information (CISSP).”

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