HBMSU and Egypt's MCIT plot road map for smart learning
Plans to develop smart learning to support knowledge economies in the Arab world
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information technology have created a roadmap to develop smart learning in the Arab world.
The roadmap is intended to develop an innovative model for smart learning, to help drive knowledge-based economies.
A delegation from the Ministry and the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), recently visited HBMSU. The latest meeting included extensive discussions and a brainstorming session to come up with an integrated framework for strategic cooperation in developing a smart learning model based on innovation, smart technology, quality, and scientific research.
Dr Mansoor Al Awar, chancellor of HBMSU, said that the meetings provide strong foundations to develop new and innovative models of smart learning, and that such steps are an important part of meeting educational goals set by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), especially in terms of promoting education for sustainable development.
Al Awar said: "Under the wise guidance and ongoing follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and our University President, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University will continue to proactively support the Arab World in spreading a culture of smart education, enriching knowledge, and leading innovation, excellence and quality in learning and scientific research. The University has had significant achievements in building an educated generation capable of shaping and creating the future. It is our responsibility to share our extensive expertise and transfer our leading experiences in smart education to those who are involved in the development of education and learning in the Arab World. This ambitious move will ensure the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all and will support entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, thus contributing to the activation of the role of the Arab Region in achieving the objectives of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
"Through this new partnership supported by the governments of the UAE and Egypt, we look forward to shaping the future of Higher Education in the Arab World through optimal investment in modern technology. Together, we shall work towards achieving the strategic and ambitious aspiration to make smart learning an essential pillar for upgrading the education sector, while strengthening the presence of the Arab World as a leading global center of excellence in knowledge, educational and academics."
Assmaa Hosney, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) lauded the pivotal role played by HBMSU in the efforts to spread the culture of smart education and distance learning in the UAE and the rest of the Arab world. She further stressed that joint cooperation lays a solid foundation for exchanging the successful experiences between the UAE and Egypt, in accordance with the latest technological innovations that have become essential components in keeping at pace with the requirements of the knowledge era, which will further accelerate the transition to integrated knowledge-based economies.
Hosney added: "We will work together to support and develop a smart learning industry designed to serve the beneficiaries in the Arab world-- using regional indicators to measure the performance and the success of the smart learning ecosystem. Egypt's technology-enabled human resources and SMEs will be a key element in implementing the baseline of a joint action and cooperation between the two countries."