SEU to become sole provider of e-education


Published — Sunday 23 December 2012

Last update 23 December 2012 3:02 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

The Higher Education Ministry’s recent decision restricting e-learning to Saudi Electronic University will boost distance education in the Kingdom, offering advanced courses to students, said Abdullah Al-Moussa, acting rector of the university.
He was speaking at a meeting attended by top officials from 25 government universities to discuss how to implement the ministry’s decision. Muhammad Al-Ouhali, deputy minister for education affairs was present.
He advised universities to stop accepting students for e-learning courses beginning from 2013-14 academic year. “During this period, SEU will establish e-learning centers in different parts of the Kingdom in cooperation with other Saudi universities,” he added.
Al-Moussa said SEU would follow a five-phase program for students’ intake. “In the first stage we’ll review student trends and job market requirements. In the second stage, we’ll create suitable learning atmosphere. After that we’ll start admitting students. It will be followed by the phases of review and changes.”
Al-Moussa emphasized his university’s role in establishing a knowledge-based economy in the Kingdom. “We will also meet the Kingdom’s development requirements and labor market needs.”
He said the ministry’s decision would enable the university to accommodate more students who wanted to join various e-learning courses, which has become popular among Saudis.
“The decision aims at unifying national policies related to e-learning and improving the quality of e-learning services. It will also contribute to Saudi universities specializing in different academic areas,” Al-Moussa said.
SEU will not only provide certificates to students but also develop their various skills from the beginning. “We are confident that our students will find a suitable place in the job market because our courses are based on the best e-learning models in the world,” he added.
Al-Ouhali said there was a big increase in the number of Saudis joining e-learning courses. “They wanted to continue working while registering for different e-learning courses,” he added. About 61.59 percent of e-learning Saudi students are men and 34.23 percent women. He said the ministry’s decision was aimed at making e-learning more professional.
Yassir Bahadur, a professor at King Abdulaziz University’s Faculty of Medicine, said many Saudis living abroad join e-learning courses in Saudi universities to add to their academic profile. “This is a growing trend among the Saudis,” he told Arab News.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif briefed the Cabinet on the talks held by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen,...
JEDDAH: Private schools have been devising new ways to raise money from parents to circumvent the Education Ministry’s cap on fee increases, a local publication reported here recently.Schools now charge for services that do not require the ministry’s...
JEDDAH: Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee Prince Mohammed bin Naif has approved the general plan for implementation of Civil Defense works in emergency cases during the current Haj...
RIYADH: The government has shut down a cosmetics factory in Riyadh for using undisclosed raw materials and unhygienic process at its production facility.A team from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, during a routine inspection, found the plant u...
RIYADH: Recruitment offices here have decided to stop hiring Bangladeshi workers because they claim that a supply crunch has raised costs.Ibrahim Al-Megheimish, a recruitment expert, said that there are too few Bangladeshi workers seeking employment,...
RIYADH: As many as 200 students have enrolled into different courses at the Riyadh-based Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA) with 70 percent of them being Saudi nationals, said Saleem Bava, head of marketing and admission at SAFA.SAFA offers a mix o...

Stay Connected