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Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education Partners with MIT

As the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education approaches their one-year anniversary in July, they have set up a collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program will become available to Arab youth in 2017.

The program will allow students to receive a new form of credential known as the MicroMaster’s. The MicroMaster’s can be earned through two focuses: one will be in the area of data science and management, and the second will have a strong emphasis on technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“This [program] is the first of its kind in the Arab World. [It] will make some of the best STEM education in the world available to Arab youth through innovative online and blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and online), accredited degrees [programs] and recognized credentials,” said Al Ghurair, according to The Gulf Today.

“The [program] is designed to give youth, who may not be able to travel or forgo their current employment, the chance to access high quality education from anywhere within the world.”

Online learning will likely change the basis of education in the Arab World as more programs open up to the students. According to Project Syndicate, the number of Internet users in Arab countries is expected to reach 226 million by 2018. This jump accounts for almost 20 percent more of their population than in 2014, and is 7 percent higher than the global average.

With the help of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and MIT, Arab youth will be able to take advantage of the rapid increase in internet connectivity. Those who complete the MicroMaster’s will have the opportunity to compete to obtain a full Master’s at MIT.

Hannah Flynn

Hannah Flynn

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