TRA, ITU and MBRSLP to collaborate on smart learning
UAE to become global hub to support national smart learning initiatives
The UAE TRA, the ITU of the United Nations and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program have signed a partnership agreement to make the UAE a global hub to promote national smart learning initiatives.
Under the agreement, the International Telecommunication Union, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and MBRSLP will provide consultation to countries who wish to develop a national smart learning framework.
Four workshops will be held throughout 2016 and 2017 to spread awareness and build the capacity to formulate national policies with regards to the implementation of special smart learning strategies. In addition, they will encourage and recommend the best practices in the field of ‘smart' learning based on the principles of Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program.
The agreement was signed by HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, TRA; Mohammed Gheyath, Director General, Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program and Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, ITU at the SAMENA Telecom Leaders' Summit 2016.
HE Al Mansoori said: "The Telecom Leader's Summit 2016 provides an ideal platform for key experts and decision makers from the public and private sectors to meet, network and exchange knowledge and expertise on the current trends that are moving and shaping the market.
"I am delighted to witness the signing of the collaborative agreement between TRA, Mohammad bin Rashid Smart Learning Program, and the ITU which will jointly work towards providing assistance and advise to countries in formulating national strategies and policies in the field of ‘smart' learning. This collaboration is testimony of the fruitful cooperation to overcome the challenges of today's fast moving age and bringing development to societies. I am very proud that all of us will fulfil the vision of Dubai Action Plan 2014 set out by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14)," he added.
Commenting on this event, HE Gheyath said: "Since its establishment, Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program has worked to embed global standards and provide an ideal model for ‘smart' learning in line with UAE Vision 2021 with an aim to raise the level of learning process as per global standards. We are confident that the signing of the agreement will position the UAE as a regional centre for ‘smart' learning, enabling the regional countries to derive benefits from this program and adopt most advanced techniques to prepare highly capable future generations who can face all future challenges."
"The future of education is hinged on the integration of ICTs in education systems," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "This cooperation agreement provides an opportunity for countries in the Arab region and beyond to experience first-hand the best practices implemented in the outstanding Mohamed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme in the United Arab Emirates."