Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami, president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club

Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami
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Updated 23 May 2020

Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami, president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club

Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami is the president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club and an Arabic language professor at the King Abdul Aziz University’s (KAU) college of arts and humanities in the city.

Al-Sulami received his bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Riyadh’s Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), in 1984. He worked as an assistant teacher at IMSIU for nearly two years, and in 1988 obtained a master’s degree in syntax and morphology from the university’s college of Arabic language where he later became a lecturer.
In 1996, Al-Sulami gained a Ph.D. in the same field of study and was promoted to assistant professor at IMSIU. In 2005, he was appointed as an associate professor at KAU and five years later progressed to the role of professor. 
From 1990 to 1993, Al-Sulami was the vice director of the Institute for Arab and Islamic Sciences in Nouakchott, Mauritania and between 1997 and 2000 he worked as the vice director of the Islamic and Arabic Sciences Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He was head of the Arabic language department at KAU from 2004 to 2008.
Al-Sulami was tasked by the Muslim World League (MWL) to teach Arabic in Libreville, Yaounde, and Brazzaville, the capital cities of Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo, respectively.
In 2000, he sat on a number of committees responsible for designing Arabic curricula for non-Arabic-speaking students in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Al-Sulami’s Twitter handle is @aanzs1417.


Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.