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Reopening Admission to e-Learning, Distance Education Programs in 5 Saudi Universities

His Royal Majesty’s approval was issued to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs at King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, King Faisal University, Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University and Qassim University, starting from the second semester of the academic year.

 Based on the conclusions reached by the Executive Committee of the Human Capacity Development Program headed by the Minister of Education, the unified executive plan to reopen e-learning and distance education programs was approved.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad bin Muhammad Al Al Sheikh, issued a decision to implement the provisions of the generous directive to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs.

 This decision comes as an extension of the continuous support and constant care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the trustworthy Crown Prince for the education sector in all its tracks, and caring for the sons and daughters of this nation.

The minister of education’s decision included restricting the concerned universities to admission for this year to the three implementation phases mentioned in the executive plan.

It also restricts that students ’admission to e-learning and distance education programs does not exceed 100% of the number of students admitted to attendance programs for the same specialization, and that acceptance for this is general in diploma programs only for the following majors: Sales, Marketing, Banking, Insurance and General Administration, until the current stage is evaluated and the impact is measured.

The minister of education’s decision stipulated the commitment to provide e-learning and distance education programs through the academic departments of the programs in the colleges, and to adhere to the e-learning standards for higher education in the Kingdom.

E-learning should be conducted according to what is stated in the Saudi Unified Classification of educational levels and specializations, imposed by the needs of the local and global labor market for the diploma, bachelor’s and master’s stages for the committee formed towards this regard.

The minister of education’s decision included the formation of a committee headed by the deputy minister of education for universities to undertake the tasks of periodic follow-up; ensure the quality of the programs offered; coordinate with universities in this regard, and submit an executive report every semester on the progress of the educational process.

The committee is also concerned with recommending the approval of new programs or the suspension of existing programs, and the recommendation to open admission to e-learning and distance education programs in universities.

The decision to reopen admission to e-learning and distance education programs comes within an organized framework and high governance in order to meet the needs of the labor market for national cadres.

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