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HBMSU signs MoU with Alexandria University to enrich smart learning system in Arab world

• Dhahi Khalfan Tamim: Our cooperation shows the deep-rooted and solid UAE-Egyptian relations

• Essam El-Kurdi: Alexandria University is keen on positioning the e-learning system as the future of education

• Mansoor Al Awar: We will continue to share our successful experiences in developing a system that transcends the boundaries of traditional education

• Agreement to help train teaching sector in smart learning and lifelong learning

In the presence of H.E. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s (HBMSU) Board of Governors, HMBSU signed on January 7, 2020 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Egypt’s Alexandria University to similarly enrich the smart learning system in the Arab world. Under the MoU, both of them agreed to collaborate to create common channels of communication for the transfer, dissemination, enrichment, and localization of knowledge.

The signing ceremony was held at the HMBSU campus at the time of the visit of Dr. Essam El-Kurdi, President of Alexandria University, to HBMSU. Dr. El-Kurdi and HBMSU Chancellor Dr. Mansoor Al Awar inked the agreement with both parties stressing the significance of their partnership in reinforcing scientific expertise in the Arab region, while further strengthening the already strong relationship and deep historic ties between the UAE and Egypt.

H.E. Lt. Gen. Tamim also stated how the MoU showcases the deep-rooted UAE-Egypt alliance. The agreement, he added, will assist develop higher education in the region with technological innovations, excellence, and scientific research at the core of the sector’s constant progress. Further, the effort will enrich knowledge, which is the ‘true capital of mankind’ as described by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

H.E. said: “We are pleased to enter into a strategic partnership with one of the world’s oldest and quite prestigious universities. Alexandria University has been instrumental in enriching scientific and literary expertise for more than seven decades now. For HBMSU’s part, we are completely dedicated to sharing our pioneering experience in setting up a stable foundation of smart learning and disseminating its primary knowledge in adapting advanced technology to bring higher education to the next level and produce new generations of leaders who are skillful to shape and create the future.”

After signing the MoU, El-Kurdi underlined on Alexandria Universities keenness in the direction of cooperating with prestigious universities, declaring HBMSU’s position to be the first educational institution specialized in offering educational services in the area of pleasant administration via smart learning in the Arab world and the Middle East. He additionally underscored on the significance of the fashion towards the e-learning system as the future of education, which allows learners to achieve a number degrees in accordance to particular standards as well as provide non stop training opportunities based on the requirements of comprehensive quality.

El-Kurdi also defined that this partnership is essential in the efforts directed towards enhancing and developing the smart learning system, developing a common channel to transferring, disseminating and localizing knowledge; exchanging experiences and information; enriching intellectual production; and setting a comprehensive framework for mutual beneficial collaborations.

He also explained that the MoU’s area of cooperation consists of the improvement and provision of joint programs using smart learning technologies at Alexandria University. Faculty members of Alexandria University, who will educate online joint programs and facilitate academic and research exchange, will also have an possibility to register for free in the ‘Teaching Staff Certificate in Smart Learning,’ which will be granted by HBMSU. Furthermore, each universities will grant opportunities for their respective faculty members to instruct some courses via the internet.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Al Awar also pointed out that collaborative efforts between HBMSU and other prestigious universities such as Alexandria University replicate HBMSU’s extraordinary standing in the Arab academic circles. In the Arab region, he stated HBMSU is one of the pioneers who helped to re-engineer the education system by using learning and academic methods that are primarily based on smart, innovative, and inventive technologies. The university makes use of these contemporary techniques to assist establish a bright tomorrow for future generations. Dr. Al Awar is assured as well that the new MoU will in addition give a boost to the ties between the UAE and Egypt concerning educational and knowledge development in line with the perfect levels of international quality and excellence. The countries will proceed to emphasize smart learning and lifelong learning, both of which are necessary to defining the future of socio-economic development.

Dr. Al Awar added: “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 H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University, to invest more in scientific and technological expertise as a foundation for the country’s growth and our youth’s exponential advancement. At HBMSU, we have taken on the responsibility of sharing our successful academic expertise attained via the years as well as our pioneering experiences in developing a sophisticated system that goes beyond the usual educational method. This is in line with the requirement of the knowledge economy era. This vital shift in the regional education system is anticipated to build new generations that can keep up with the fast technological developments. We are glad to welcome Dr. El-Kurdi to HBMSU. During our meeting, we took the chance to talk about the fantastic approaches to consolidate knowledge and academic ties between the UAE and Egypt based on our shared mission of establishing the Arab world’s leadership in the international education sector and making the region a beacon of scientific expertise and creativity.”

During his visit, Dr. El-Kurdi first met with Dr. Al Awar during which the former reviewed HBMSU’s advanced teaching infrastructure and techniques that use the modern technological improvements to figure out the future of higher education. This was followed by a meeting with H.E. Lt. Gen. Tamim in which the parties signed the agreement. He also learned about the universities programs for faculty members. Dr. El-Kurdi concluded his visit with a lunch arranged by HBMSU in his honor, an event attended by HBMSU’s senior officials and academic and administrative staff.

Under the terms of the MoU, both parties have also agreed to alternate invitations to scientific symposia and conferences to be held in their respective campuses, in addition to imposing relevant programs and activities concern to their advance agreement.

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