Officials of The Panel Sharing Entities – File Photo
CAIRO - 2 October 2017: The American University in Cairo (AUC) and Beirut, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) seek to enrich educational approaches and spark dialogue on the benefits of online and blended learning across the region.
Egypt’s Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawki, the associate dean of digital learning and executive director of J-WEL, Veejay Kumar, and CEO of AGFE, Maysa Jalbout discussed “Blended Education in Egypt: Opportunities and Challenges” in a public panel organized by AUC provost Ehab Abdel Rahman.
“We have to redefine what education is, establish the culture and the joy of learning,” Shawki interrupted the discussion to emphasize “disrupting” current educational practices in Egypt and introducing a true “appetite” for learning.
The panel was scheduled to take place between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Mohamed Shafik Gabr Hall at AUC, New Cairo campus, in partnership with Egypt Today Magazine as an official media sponsor.
The event was also sponsored by MBC Masr Channel, Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper. The discussion also highlighted the challenges facing this kind of education in Egypt and the Middle East, according to a press release.
“I think the real potency is educational transformation,” opened Kumar, discussing the immense impact that online learning initiatives can have on education referring to the wide-reaching potential MIT has reached in its online and blended learning projects.