The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joins hand with edX, a non-profit open source enterprise to bring a change in community education.
The collaboration would create a platform that would benefit the citizenry. The intention is to bridge the gap between education and employment. Exclusively created for the people in Saudi Arabia, this massive online course intends to launch a pilot program, targeting the women, youth, differently abled person and rural folks.
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Speaking about the initiative, Minister of Labor, His Excellency Eng. Adel bin Mohammed Fakeih, contends, “By providing accessible, relevant, high-quality education for our citizens, we will empower our communities and educate citizens to have the skills to succeed professionally.”
This multi-year deal is set to co-create the content, which people of Saudi Arabia will have access to. The courses will be exclusively developed for Arabic speaking students. They will have the opportunity to enroll in the courses licensed and translated by the universities coming under edX partnership. There is also a provision for research and innovation.
This partnership, between Saudi Arabia and edX, is the next big thing in the online education scenario. Considering the amount of investment Saudi Arabia is pumping into the back end technology, the edX program will surely be massive. This program will be an opportunity for skill building, which would empower the economy. The burgeoning private sector in the country is in requirement of competent workers. There is a strong need for skilled hands in the sectors such as IT, healthcare, retail and manufacturing. edX is expected to cater the growing demand. It shall support the instructors from the Saudi Arabia.
edX, at present, is offering online courses from its 50 member institutions. Founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it provides access to education for everyone. The cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses are the key points upon which edX boasts its expertise.
edXhas a partnership with the Facebook with an aim to provide online education to the world that still remains unconnected. The process starts with countries like Rwanda. Also, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, reportedly announced an Arabic-language MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Edraak. It runs on the open edX platform. Countries like China, France, and Mexico are in the queue for a strategic partnership with edX.
The program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia kick-starts in September. For detail information go through the edX official page.