Narimane Hadj-Hamou, International Trends and Perspectives
Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou
Assistant Chancellor for Academic Development. HBMEU, Dubai
President of the Middle East e-Learning Association
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Need for equity and accessibility
Limited financial support
Lack of planning and strategies for education at all levels
Weak link between education and labor markets
Globalization & internationalization
Lack of ICT integration and use of new forms of
Teaching as oppose to research based universities
Lack of recognition by policy makers
Skills and competencies / changing
ICT maturity level disparities
Paradigm Shift/ reengineering of
Only 0.6% of the population uses the Internet,
Only 1.2% have personal computers.
The League of Arab States issued a Draft Declaration of
Principles in 2003 endorsing e-learning as a tool that can
help eliminate illiteracy, achieve universal primary
education, and help improve both the training of teachers
and the delivery of lifelong education for honing
As a result new initiatives and projects of strategic
importance were launched such as:
Emergence of e-Governments
Development of ICT Strategies
Policies and standards development for online education
Emergence of virtual and open universities
Integration of ICT in traditional programs
Conferences and seminars
Research in online education
E-LEARING REDEFINING TOMORROW’S EDUCATION:
An Arab Experience
HBMeU - Vision & Mission
To provide high quality programs using
virtual learning environment,
supporting the pursuit of lifelong
learning, addressing critical activities of
economic development in the Arab
World by pioneering in e-learning,
providing unique learners experience
and growing knowledge and its
dissemination through excellence in
research and knowledge transfer.
To be the university of choice in the Arab World in shaping the future of education
and learning through innovative solutions.
School of e-
The Middle East e-Learning Association
(MEEA) is a regional independent, non-
political, non-profit association established
for the purpose of providing innovative
open educational practices and promoting
quality, innovation and transparency in
higher and continuing education; and , to
develop policies, procedures, and
practices with respect to the design,
development, and implementation of e-
To Grow the understanding, practice and knowledge transfer of
e-Learning in the MENA Region.
To create a seamless approach through collaborative means for
the sharing of best practice applications in e-learning and to
support the membership group with their quest for developing,
enhancing and impacting with e-learning.
Networking and Information Sharing
Encourage and expand interaction and collaboration among members of the associations
Establish relationships and partnerships with e-Learning Associations, and educational
institutions from other parts of the world
Raise awareness on e-learning related topics through organizing regional road shows,
conferences, issuing publications, etc
Policy Development and Quality Assurance
Establish a regional quality assurance framework for the technology enhanced learning
implementation in secondary and higher education as well as corporate training.
Develop policies around the use of technology in education and corporate training that
would serve the region.
Provide ongoing support to institutions aspiring at implementing e-learning through the
provision of guidelines, advises, best practices, access to experts, etc
Encourage the Establishment of Special Interest Groups
Encourage the establishment of special interest groups.
Develop protocols to support the operation and communication of such groups
Commission Research as Appropriate
Identify the association’s research priorities and establish mechanisms for the
promotion and selection of research projects.
Conduct collaborative research and development work in all different aspects of e-
Provide Structured Professional Development Opportunities
Conduct regular training assessment needs for the region in relation to e-learning.
Establish professional and educational programs in the field of e-learning which
respond to the need of the region.
Establish awards to recognize excellence in various practices of e-learning
Develop regional awards to recognize excellence in the design, delivery and
evaluation of e-learning.
United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural
The International E-Learning
International Federation for Information
European Distance Education
Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
International Honorary Members
European Learning Industry GroupUnited States Distance Learning
Swiss Center of Innovations
Open and Distance Learning
Association of Australia
To promote and position MEEA as a catalyst for growing the understanding, practice and
knowledge transfer of e-Learning in the MENA Region.
To develop and continuously grow a comprehensive portfolio of services that is relevant
and which responds to the need of the MEEA members.
To continuously promote quality in distance, flexible and ICT-based education.
To contribute to the development of new e-learning policies, strategies, pedagogies,
methodologies and technologies for the region.
To encourage the exchange and transfer of information, ideas, ‘know-how’ and best
practices in e-learning.
To increase the number of members of MEEA and ensure the continuous fostering of
cooperation between all members.