Auteur : Kristen Winkler
Date de l'info : 19 mai 2014
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan officially launched Edraak, the first non-profit MOOC platform for the Arab speaking world. Edraak is powered by Open edX.
The project was announced by edX and the Queen Rania Foundation in November 2013.
In the opening ceremony which took place in Amman, Queen Rania pointed out that the Arab world
“drift(s) at the bottom of global rankings in terms of knowledge, and in terms of how and what we produce.”
Through Edraak the Queen Rania Foundation aims to bring free quality education to Arab students. Available on the platform will be localized versions of MOOCs from foreign universities but also locally produced courses by leading Arab faculty members and well-known professionals in a variety of fields.
According to Queen Rania the challenges faced by the Arab world reach from poor quality of education and graduates’ inability to meet the demands of the job market over the limited number of global scientific publications released and the scarcity of exports in advanced technology to the skills gap in the region.