BUiD signs an MoU along with other UAE Universities to launch the University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL)


BUiD was one of nine universities that signed an MOU with the Ministry of Education and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) to launch the University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL). The consortium is part of a comprehensive action plan to develop accredited online university programmes.


Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD’s Vice Chancellor, signed the MoU on 9 December 2020 in an online signing ceremony with the presence of His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Al Mualla, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs of Higher Education, and Mr. Rashid Abdulla Al Ghurair, Member of the Board of Trustees of AGFE, as well as senior management of American University of Dubai, American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE University, University of Dubai, University of Sharjah, and Zayed University.


This initiative is the first of its kind in the region that aims to support UAE universities to strengthen their online programmes and make them accessible to a larger pool of students in the country and beyond. The Consortium aims to launch a high quality online accredited programmes for learners who are seeking innovation in higher education.


Prof. Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD Vice Chancellor stated: “Digital technologies and online education have been considered an integral part of the education system worldwide. The opportunities in this field are huge. This will facilitate a more personalised educational system. It will allow for collaboration between institutions and academics locally and internationally. Students can connect from anywhere in the world. Also, academics will not be required to travel in person to share their knowledge, but they can do that remotely. The exchange and transfer of knowledge will be faster and easier than ever.”


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