The Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in Dubai, UAE and Egypt's Alexandria University have signed an agreement to enrich smart learning systems in the Arab world.
The signing took place in the presence of Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and HBMSU chairman, and HBMSU Board of Governors.
Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), both parties agreed to collaborate to create common channels of communication for the transfer, dissemination, enrichment, and localisation of knowledge.
The signing ceremony was held at the HMBSU campus during the visit of Dr Essam El-Kurdi, President of Alexandria University, to the HBMSU. Dr El-Kurdi and HBMSU chancellor Dr Mansoor Al Awar, inked the agreement.
Lt Gen Tamim said the move will enrich knowledge, which is the "true capital of mankind" as stated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
"Alexandria University has been instrumental in enriching scientific and literary knowledge for more than seven decades now. On the HBMSU’s part, we are fully committed to sharing our pioneering experience in establishing a solid foundation of smart learning and disseminating our leading expertise in adapting advanced technology to bring higher education to the next level and produce new generations of leaders who are qualified to shape and create the future,” he added.
Dr El-Kurdi explained that this partnership is vital in the efforts directed towards enhancing and developing the smart learning system, creating a common channel to transferring, disseminating and localising knowledge; exchanging experiences and information; enriching intellectual production; and setting a comprehensive framework for mutually beneficial collaborations.
He also explained that the MoU’s area of cooperation includes the development and provision of joint programmes utilising smart learning technologies at Alexandria University.
Faculty members of Alexandria University who will teach online joint programmes and facilitate academic and research exchange will also have an opportunity to register for free in the "Teaching Staff Certificate in Smart Learning", which will be granted by the HBMSU. Furthermore, both universities will provide opportunities for their respective faculty members to teach some courses through the internet.
Dr Al Awar said: "The MoU is aligned with our vision to be a leader in promoting knowledge, innovation, and smart learning in the Arab region and the rest of the globe. The university’s vision is in response to the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University, to invest more in scientific and technological knowledge as a basis for the country’s progress and the youth’s exponential advancement." – TradeArabia News Service