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Disrupting Education
15-06-2020

Disrupting Education

As the end of the 2019/2020
academic year draws closer, it seems only fitting to reflect on the challenges
that the education sector has overcome in the past few months. We in the
education sector can all take pride in helping our students complete their
courses, and in our ability to successfully adapt and thrive during these
difficult circumstances. However, now that we know remote learning is more than
just a temporary measure, it is time for us to start planning

for the
post-COVID-19 era

Ironically, technological
readiness is helping education to continue, while at the same time disrupting
it by forcing us to execute plans that previously lay in the distant future. It
has created an opportunity that the current generation has long-awaited, which
is to transition from traditional to digital education comprehensively and
effectively. This disruption required the reformation of the education system
into a hybrid model, combining traditional classroom education with remote
learning. So, why is a hybrid method so vital and how can we make it the new
normal

The hybrid education system is
the product of a successful transition to remote learning, particularly for
higher and university education. Among its byproducts is the transition of
academic faculties into ‘digital teachers’, while providing public and private
schools and universities the opportunity to reassess and develop their
technological capabilities

Looking to the future, we expect
educational institutions to apply this hybrid learning model through 5 methods

Following an assessment of the ratio of theoretical to practical content for
each subject, decreasing attendance of students to campus, particularly for
theoretical studies. This will allow more students to be accepted as building

capacity is no longer an issue

 Redesigning educational buildings in favor
of practical learning, giving more space for training and laboratories

Directing students towards innovation and entrepreneurship, key areas that will
help us to face future challenges

Reviewing programs and specializations to
make them more in line with growth sectors and employment needs postCOVID-19,
including health sciences, technologies related to food security and computer
science, and applied information and research

Attracting experts and remote
education specialists from all over the world, particularly for specialized
fields, without incurring the cost of having them travel into the country

This positive disruption brought
about by the hybrid model will transform education, enhancing efficiency, and
improving quality as a result. It will also help control spending and ensure
that financial, human, and administrative resources are used more efficiently.
Most importantly, it will create competition between educational institutions,
benefiting our students with a wide range of options that make learning more
fun and less expensive

This pandemic has demonstrated
how unpredictable life is. To overcome the challenges of the future, we must
start preparing today 

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi

President and CEO