UAE, Saudi Arabia sign MoU to develop digital education system

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(Riyad) – The Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, to develop the digital education system, and several Emirati universities signed twinning agreements with their Saudi counterparts.

The signing took place during the participation of an Emirati academic delegation in the 8th International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education, IECHE, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The signing of the MoU and the twinning agreements, which took place at the launch of the exhibition, was witnessed by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sheikh, Minister of Education of Saudi Arabia, and several officials from both sides.

The MoU, which aims to develop the digital education system of the two countries was signed by Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mu’alla, Under-Secretary of Academic Affairs for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, and Dr. Eid Al Hessouni, Under-Secretary for Educational Performance at the Ministry Education of Saudi Arabia.

The twinning agreements between the universities were signed by Dr. Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UAE University for Academic Affairs, with Dr. Badran Al Omar, President of the King Saud University; Dr. Riad Al Muhaidib, Director of Zayed University, with Dr. Inas Al Issa, Director of the Princess Nourah University; and Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director of the Higher Colleges of Technology Complex, with Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Asemi, Deputy Minister of Education, on behalf of the General Organisation for Technical Education and Vocational Training.

Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of the Khalifa University of Science Technology, signed two twinning agreements, the first with Dr. Abdulrahman Al Youbi, Director of the King Abdul Aziz University, and the other with Dr. Sahal Abduljawad, Acting Rector of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Hussain Al Hammadi expressed his happiness at the advancing cooperation between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the area of education, which he hopes will achieve their aspirations to create a modern education system that will serve their national development plans.

Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh highlighted the importance of the signing of the agreements, as well as the joint cooperation between the two countries in advancing their education sectors, including the digital education system, with the participation of Emirati higher education institutions, universities and colleges, as well as Saudi government and civil universities and colleges.