e-learning catching up in Middle East

ABU DHABI — More and more academic institutions across the Middle East are turning to technology to advance their educational missions and goals.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Sat 26 May 2007, 8:50 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:28 AM

Washington, DC-based Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise software and related services to the education industry, has announced that more than 30 leading institutions spanning eight countries in the Middle East have adopted Blackboard technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Among the institutions in the region using Blackboard technology are the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates University, American University in Cairo, Hashemite University, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, Kuwait University and University of Bahrain.

HCT, a 14-campus system spanning the UAE, has recently switched over to the Blackboard Learning System.

The upgrading system includes integrating the campuses through technology, better sharing and distribution of knowledge resources and enhancing learning opportunities for more than 18,000 students and faculty at the institution.

The Vice-Chancellor of HCT, Dr Tayeb Kamali, says technology is enabling significant progress across campuses and the region as a whole. “The Middle East is in the midst of an important transformation, expanding its investment into new educational resources, such as Blackboard technology to support the latest delivery methodologies for Education,” said Dr Kamali.

He said HCT is proud to be the first institution in the Middle East to implement the Blackboard Learning System — Vista Enterprise Licence, “enabling our campuses to continue in their leading roles as cutting edge providers of technology rich education and e-learning.”

“The UAE is making tremendous strides in its use of technology to enhance education. “We are excited about working with HCT and the many other institutions we partner with in the region to take teaching and learning to new levels in the Middle East,” said Michael Chasen, Blackboard President and CEO.

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