Today, the work of the General Conference of the Association of Arab Universities began in its fifty-fifth session, hosted by the Universities of Sousse and Monastir, during the period from 18 to 20 March, in the presence of heads of about 250 universities from 22 Arab countries, and representatives of specialized Arab and international organizations, the League of Arab States and the Organization UNESCO, and the Arab Union for the Digital Economy.
His Excellency Moncef Boukatheer, Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, opened the conference activities on behalf of the Tunisian Prime Minister, His Excellency Naglaa Boudin, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Arab Republic of Egypt, and His Excellency Prof. Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities. Dr. Ayman Mukhtar Ghoneim, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, several ministers of higher education in the Arab countries, a number of heads of Arab universities in the Arab region and officials in Arab organizations affiliated with the League of Arab States.
The conference, hosted by the Tunisian Universities of “Monastir” and “Sousse”, and lasting for two days, aims to promote and adopt digital transformation initiatives for university institutions, as well as standardize education and training standards, and facilitate special procedures for the recognition and equivalence of university degrees, which is reflected in facilitating mobility and academic exchange for teachers and students. and administrators among member universities.
For his part, the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, through the Assistant Secretary-General, presented a presentation on the Arab Digital University project, which aims to be an integrated digital platform through which a unified window is provided for accredited Arab universities, institutes and training centers to provide digital educational content through the Internet in accordance with international best practices. This is due to the belief in its importance in light of the growing changes that the world is witnessing in all fields.He explained that the responsibility of educational institutions necessitated addressing and responding to modern modern changes and what was produced by the fourth industrial revolution, especially in the requirements of graduates that must be appropriate to the labor market in the third and fourth decade of the twenty-first century, which will be completely different from the currently known jobs, which constitutes a greater responsibility for universities to prepare capable students. To respond to these requirements, and provide students with a more engaging learning experience such as simulations and interactive learning through smart applications and multimedia content.
He added that the Arab digital platform for education and training (the Arab Digital University) will include many value-added services, which include the accreditation of digital distance education, and the unified Arabic digital file services for university students, which gives them multiple advantages such as moving between courses and universities, and other advantages that can be provided as a result. For digitization and joint Arab cooperation in this field.
It is worth noting that the Arab Digital University is one of the initiatives emanating from the Arab vision for the digital economy, a project that enjoys the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him.