New UCQOL platform launched to assist UAE universities
United Arab Emirates has launched the UCQOL platform to help universities in the UAE develop accredited online programmes.
In a recent report published by TradeArabia, the announcement was made that the new UAE University Consortium for quality online learning (UCQOL) has been launched.
This joint venture has been undertaken by the UAE Ministry of Education and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education.
Thanks to the new initiative, some of UAE’s most renowned universities have now been able to develop their accredited online university programmes.
UAE UCQOL platform due to be available by 2022
The UCQOL platform aims to support this development of high-quality online university programmes, which will then become available to students by 2022.
Through a joint virtual meeting, the UAE Ministry of Education and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education announced the launch of the two year public-private partnership.
Amongst the aim to deliver a high quality of online education, it is also hoped that these online programmes will also make these HEIs more accessible to a wider body of students, both in the UAE and from the rest of the world.
The UCQOL platform will also act as a higher education learning community, through which the institutions can exchange findings and collaborate on their online learning provisions.
In addition, The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education will provide UCQOL’s member institutions with support as they construct their online programmes. This will include structured needs assessments, designer training, as well as grants that will assist in the creation and launch of these new online programmes.
The announcement of this new platform comes alongside the recent UAE National Innovation Strategy, which promotes the use of innovation in the country’s higher education provision.
In addition, the UCQOL platform will play a key role in meeting the requirements outlined by the 2019 release from the Ministry’s Commission for Academic Accreditation, which outlined the need for a clear framework and strict standards for accrediting the UAE’s online degree programmes.
System will test HEIs ability to cope with impact of COVID-19 pandemic
TradeArabia stated that the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs of Higher Education, Dr Muhammad Al Mualla, expressed the importance of initiatives such as this, in order to help advance the UAE’s higher education provisions at the national level. He stated that the aim is to achieve this progression by expanding the number of online accredited academic programmes currently available.
In addition, Dr Al Mualla stated that this new online learning system is due to act as a test for these institutions to gauge their capability to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the launch event, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair remarked that:
“We are excited to launch a three-way partnership in the UAE because of a joint commitment with the Ministry and leading universities to making high-quality accredited online education part of the landscape of UAE higher education. I am confident that this project will have far-reaching outcomes not just in the UAE, but across the region.”
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